Analog Soul: Saturday Nite in the Kosmos
(…& i hope that God never turns off the stars)
for Bill Evans & Irving Berlin
out of the cool, in maiden voyages
of freedom–new orbits of soul, we
flew beyond the blue horizon
high above the canopy of a constellated caravan
movin towards the sun into “nothin’ but blue skies
…do i see,” where even the sounds
shine upon our bodies electric, dwellin’
in the invisible flames of our own fire music.
we marveled as blue skies became the night
of a thousand eyes, illuminated by the sum of its stars
in a fusion of ubiquitous streams
& sanctified dreams. we marveled
as the lights fell in love with the jazz:
free & liberated since the moment it was consummated, born
within a rimshot of a riff stirred by echoes of the hawk navigatin’
’bout nocturnes that seek to speak of thunder
(that has overcome the s i l e n c e).
we marveled as the lights fell into a frenzy of jazz
for the sake of hands clapping, feet
stomping, hearts beating, tongues speaking
(enclaved in the pulse of prosody
awakened within us). we marveled
at the sweet serendipty accompanied
by the swing of the pendulum, where emotion
is a metronome summoned by rites
of rhythm more felt than heard
as though the drummer were the last word.
& i hope that God never turns off the stars
for that would mean the end of moonbeams
trippin’ the life fantastic in the crisol of creation.
©2020 Michael David Saunders Hall All rights reserved.
Propelled by pyrotechnic poetics and versed in the alchemy of prosody, Michael David Saunders Hall is an imagineer of loose leaf poetry, painting songbooks of the muses that live beyond the lines and spaces in between with his E.A.R.S. @ P.E.A.C.E., in which God speaks through and to him in Extemperaneous Amalgamations of Rhythm and Sound manifested in Poetic Exploration As Conscious Evolution. For him, writing is truly the balance of delicious agony and suite ecstasy, always revealing itself as both the process and the product of catharsis.
In the past, his poetry has appeared in the following:
AIM, The Alchemist Review, The Alembic, Black Thought, Drumvoices Revue, Little America, Native Tongue, Owen Wister Review, Patchwork: Images of Illinois, The Shades of Soul Literary Review, Xavier Review, Zuzu’s Petals Quarterly Online.
In 2014, his work appeared in Coffee Shop Poems, Control Literary Magazine, and ALTPOETICS; in 2015, in Poets of G+ Quarterly; in 2017, in Burnt Hamster; in 2018, in The Pangolin Review and in Ink Sac of Cephalopress; and most recently, in 2020, in The Poetry Question and Cajun Mutt Press.