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(“hip”)

 

Señor Blues is what they call him,

                 way down Mexicali way

 

no day is as remote as this one

nothing on the spectrum but white lies

a continent upside down and reversed

biosphere immersed in dispersed ash

no day more remote than this one

telephone memory of the day it happened

the crash on the unexpected road

the glass breaking in the infinite gyre

the sudden onslaught of fever and madness

inches away from the entrance to hell

the big shot of gasoline and fine perfume

Well he’s tall and good lookin’ and

                   always knows what to say

no hour more isolated than this one

putting on the finery to strut all “hip”

in marijuana fashion show with mirrors

cut of the cloth all bright red and stamped

buttoned to the nines in black ivory

smoking one big joint of colombian gold

after another jazz hyphenated soul Baby

and the next thing you know BANG

he’s in the emergency room nothing left

to do but hang it out to die

                 hang it out to die   

no minute more distant than this one

it’s not just that he was born that way

he was dead that way from the start

no year too rapid no time cycle too swift

all brilliance and flash way too “cool”

hummingbird alliteration of thought

tripping through Ouspensky’s fourth way

with mojo hand and little John the conqueroo

no instant more remote than this very one

when the universe in a zip-lock bag

disappears in a child’s blind-man’s bluff

what’s all that racket upstairs

who let the wind out of the sack

who picked all the dandelions

who mowed all the summer lawns

who delivered the papers today

who let Pandora open the box

Well he’s tall and good lookin’ and

                   always knows what to say

Ulysses going home the long sea route

never know when he’s gonna make it

lay with Nausicaa and Circe hot august noon

stayed up all night to count the stars

climbed the aerial stairway to Nirvana

just when Mind altered its dimensions

no now more far off than this now

nickel bag reefer madness cinema

moving faster than the speed of sound

now you see him now you don’t

shadow walking in the mansions of the moon

shadow talking to the chicks along the way

mows ‘em down with his smooth jive

shifting with all the moves of a jazz solo

honking vibrating finger popping bright

this is once in a lifetime

this is really once in a lifetime

but now there is no now left to play

however remote this very day

however distant this very moment

 

and the next thing you know BANG

he’s in the emergency room nothing left

to do but hang it out to die

                 hang it out to die   

 

By the time that they love him,

                   Señor Blues done gone away

 

03-22-14

 

 

*Footnote: the world remembers my twin brother as

“Mayan” Prophet Valum Votan. I really never got

to know the Prophet. To me he was is and always

has been Joe or José, quite simply. In the days of our

coming of age he became hip, a hipster, cool, Man,

a transformation as apparently easy as it was painful,

because it required shedding many skins, evolving

through Huxley’s Doors of Perception into the New

Age Star, the Harmonic Converger,  & finally Valum

Votan. On the eve of the 3rd anniversary of his Death

I remember him today as “hip”, the Mexican kid who

became “way too cool”, distance itself.

 

 
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