Tonight I'd like to post some poems by Colin Richard James, a British-born poet who is new to The Song Is...
THE POLITICS OF CIVILIZATION
My friend Helen is in
the possession of such beauty
that the simple task
of entering a room
is fraught with anxiety
She started wearing a Burka
but found herself being directed
towards any sofa where
the celebrities of the quiz show
'WHAT'S MY LINE' held forth.
Specifically Kitty Carlisle
and the weekly Mystery Guest.
Questions like, "Are you in Show Business?"
"Does the sun ever set on your tuckus?"
"Are you the definitive of the modern pose?"
So she became a lesbian
not out of sexual preference,
but rather the joy of walking in Noho
amongst quiet confidants. She Has
also learned an effective verbal retort
if propositioned by lewd thugs,
"I will if you shave your legs!"
Uncle Leonard is in the music room
listening to his rock and roll.
Mother is disappointed.
Expecting more involvement, inclusion
she asked him to make a salad.
Which he did, even used her two hanging
baskets an earthy concoction indeed.
Mother usually rues the compost heap.
Although the salad turned out quite
tasty, Leonard might be on to
something even more enticingly cool.
A BIRDWATCHER'S RADICAL REMINISCENT
The bird's call sounded
like a bicycle bell,
that and a computer breathing
ending on the taught exhale.
My guide always informative,
hung her strapless binoculars on
their belt clip a biodiversity present.
We had discussed communicative
hand signals, hers simple
economically less than seven.
We began to crawl through some bushes
she on three limbs, one hand
for me directive and solemn.
I followed attentive to everything
rubbing a scratch thigh or higher,
senses resolute denoted a clearing.
Colin James has a book of poems, Resisting Probability, from
Let's include some music, too, starting with some Freddie Hubbard.
Here is his "Skagly" from 1980: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m8M-x9V46KU
"Happiness is Now" is from the same album: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WD4nxRTDLh8
The guitarist Gabor Szabo keeps popping up on my You Tube. Here is his "Lady in the Moon": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fl4qwBJrTX0
I'll finish with his "Galatea's Guitar": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TZp_nGMj6GE