Copacetic Mingus

Mingus One, Two and Three” “Which is the image you want the world to see?’ – Charles Mingus, Beneath the UnderdogHeartstring, Blessed wood & every moment the thing’s made of: ball of fatback licked by fingers of fire. Hard love, it’s hard love. Running big hands down the upright’s wide hips, rocking his moon-eyed mistress with gold in her teeth. Art & love bleed into each other as he works the bow. But tonight we are both a long ways from the Mile High City. 1973, Here in New Orleans years below sea level, I listen to Pithecanthropus Erectus: Up & down, under & over, every which way- thump, thump, dada – ah, yes. Wood heavy with tenderness, Mingus fingers loom gone on Segovia, dogging the raw strings unwaxed with rosin. Hyperbolic bass line. Oh, no! Hard love, it’s hard love.

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Yusef Komunyakaa


Hard love, yes it’s hard love. But it’s love just the same. What’s up Family/ Hope all is well Peace, Tenthltr2u

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