NaPoWriMo 2021 – off the prompt and for the blog, only. For Gil Scott-Heron’s birthday party.

For Gil Scott-Heron’s birthday party

I skipped off my boat
And slipped into my car
For the show at ODU.

I was so close to the stage
I could smell the Afro-sheen
In his afro-ed hair.

The guys in the band started
Warming up. Always my favorite part
Of a concert or performance.

They played all my favorites.
But there was something missing.

What is it about the stage
That steals your art, robs you
Of its ritual value?

Or is it in the reproduction
Where the purity gets distilled
Out and discarded?

It’s winter in America – the empire
has fallen, crashed under
the weight of its own corruption.

You got your exit strategy?
I got mine. There’s still time to plan,
to jump off this sinking ship.

The final act won’t be televised.
it won’t be on the 6 o’clock news.
But you will know.
Yes, you will know.

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