Poem of the Month ~ July 2010: Jubilee

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Poem of the Month ~ July 2010

This month’s poem is dedicated to all beings in and around the Gulf waters. May these times inspire us to be force fields of creative words and acts that clarify and heal. Let us not, for another moment, hold “at bay” our joyful soulful sounds.


Giant whale shark swims past a research vessel in the Gulf of Mexico,

southwest of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill site.

Research scientists are tagging the giant animals to study their fate in the wake of the oil spill.

Come down to the water.

Bring your snare drum, your hubcaps, the trash can lid.

Bring every joyful noise you’ve held at bay so long.
The fish have risen to the surface this early
morning: flounder, shrimp, and every blue crab
this side of Mobile.

Bottom feeders? Please.
They shine like your Grandpa Les’ Cadillac,
the one you rode in, slow so all the girls
could see.
They called to you like katydids.
And the springs in that car sounded like tubas
as you moved up and down. Make a soulful sound
unto the leather and the wheel, praise the man
who had the good sense to build a front seat
like a bed, who knew you’d never buy a car
that big if you only meant to drive it.

1956 Cadillac Convertible

Gabrielle Calvocoressi, from Apocalyptic Swing. © Persea Books, 2009.
Copyrighted material; for educational/therapeutic use only



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