Yesterdays

For James Baldwin, The Beatles, and Billie Holiday

1.
Yesterday
Saw through the scattered
Flight of eternity
Into the spectrum of spirits
That spawned me.

2.
Yesterday
Woke the slumbering giant
Within me
Where art is found in the sounds
& silences
Like a patchwork prosody
Spoken in spontaneous combustion
Burning out of control.

Yesterday
Became a verse, free
From the frame of earth
& its imagined corners, sketched
& stretched upon the daze & gaze
Of this curly-headed daydreamer
Submerged in selected silence
Waking to the dream of tomorrows
With newfound rivers to cross
& crosses to bear.

3.
Yesterday
Found time to listen
To the silence
Between the words
Filling in the rest
With the pieces of me
Wanting to be
Anywhere but here

Till I dethroned the loneliness
of despair
In a game
Of truth or dare
In which luck had no say

In the labors of  a love consummated
Beneath the beacon
Beckoned
by the shatters of life
And its stained-glass soul.

4.
Yesterday
Pulled the wool from our eyes
As ignorance reared its ugly head
In the form of a constitution
Polluted & prostituted
By politicians
Compromising posterity
For prosperity
Selling their souls for dead presidents
& the sake of the machine
That could care less about truth
& the American dream.

5.
Yesterday took refuge in a daze
Of delusion
Then found disillusion
In recollections of strange fruit
& the peculiar institution
Ingrained in the rein
Of our reflections
On the impossible
Which Baldwin made us understand
Is “the least that one can demand.”

6.
Yesterday
Forged freedom
On the fated road of faith
That landed us
Here at the crossroads
Of our unsung stories
Written on the soles of our feet.

7.
Yesterday
Fell asleep
To the TV watching me
Every time
I woke from dreaming.