Monday, July 6, 2009

The Amazing ....Mr. Please Please Himself, James Brown and The Famous Flames! "Guest Blogger"

No... that's not James Brown. I think he's doing the big payback. I love hearing MC's introduce acts. The great ones know how to get the crowds jumpin'. Ray Charles had a good one. That guy spokek several languages with a distinct flaw. The guy that introduced James Brown was special. I remember seeing Ol'James fall to his knees while his boy ran over and threw a cape across his back. James would cast it away and break out in another song as Maceo and his band played along. The crowd, already standing, ran to the stage. Who doesn't remember the days of Michael Jordan and the Bulls ... "AND NOW - YOUR CHICAGO BULLS!"

Although I don't have a mic in my hand, I have the pleasure of introducing a friend of mine from Australia. I don't have a mic but she rocks the mic - she's a poet. No, she's a brilliant poet. Even if you're not too deep into poetry, I truly believe her poetry will touch your soul. I have to admit some poetry shoots over my head. I don't know if I am stupid or some poets are just deeper thinkers than me. Whatsoever dat der be, she has graciously allowed me to post her work. I've chosen a few of her poems. They speaks to motherhood, American Politics and one I know we all can relate to... Michael Jackson.

Without further ado: LADIES & GENTLEMEN... FROM THE LAND DOWN UNDER... A BEAUTIFUL CHOCOLATE THUNDER... Maxine Clarke ! http://slamup.blogspot.com/ Picture above.
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hush (a poem)

mama / don’t go out to say
poems / without me tonight
he leaks at me / with those
drooping chocolate eyes / two
& half a years / is too little time
to have known the word
sacrifice / so i try hush
knowing hush won’t stop
the crying / little stricken chest
draws rasping breath at
hush / i will be back soon
we both know hush can’t read
the bedtime story /

hush

won’t twirl that afrocurl
to sleep / or let him dip
licked peter rabbit spoon
deep down in the milo tin / hush
can’t snuggle warm in bed
& smell like me / still i say
hush / pretending maybe
that he will / but
every mother knows / when
her child’s heart is breaking
& i felt the weight of his / hanging
chubby off my ankle
okay / hush
hush / okay
okay / pumpkin
i will stay

two years & some
is too little time
to have known the word
sacrifice / so i try i’ll stay
& arms flung around my neck
he says / no silly
take me with you
on the stage

Photo (c) Michael Reynolds, 2008.
(c) Maxine Clarke
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little michael (a poem)

dear michael / would you believe it
congress stood for you today
& not just the coloured section
the whole goddamn fucking chamber
you might have guessed by now
mike / that jesse jackson made them
bt i swear / for real / we heard
no whisper of objection
oh michael / wz the least we
all could do / sixty seconds
quiet / for lifetimes
of what we did to you / oh
little michael / who brought salvation
back / little michael
witnessing the streets / jehovah
come in a five inch afro
& size ten bell-bottom jeans

all shook our heads & stood
for you / little michael
silent / not knowing
wz the worst that we could do
cz all yr life folk stood around
& watched / here comes little michael
everybody shhh check out
what he can do

oh / michael / would you believe it
today congress stood for you
same old little michael / nobody
spoke / we found gabriel in
that voice of yours / & looked past
the empty eyes / childhood
locked up / behind a thug on
a tour bus / nobody spoke up
& little michael / a tired
twelve-year-old / sold
platinum / how ‘bout that
everybody wz sayin
little michael / y’know
small black boy with the
hair / cute smile / sings
that song / ABC & somethin
‘bout salvation

oh / little michael
congress stood for you today
& not just the coloured section
the whole goddamn fucking chamber

(c) Maxine Clarke

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open letter to the president

mister president obama / oooooh
i like the way you shake your
round / black women stare at you
like they’d ditch their
southern fried jerk chicken
in a finger-licking flick

i wanna be the one who
tucks the president between
the sheets at night / i wanna
lead the leader of the free world
astray / mister obama
(no disrespect to your wife)
i dig the way your slip hips
sway / when you do that
live jive-walk across the stage
the way you flash that baaad
black smile at me across
the morning paper page
as if to say hey / it’s just you and me
in that voting booth on polling day
young lady / so let’s make a baby
cause i’ll show you where to hide
your weapon of mass destruction
if you’ll be the cure to my
electoral dysfunction

mister O
mister oh!
mister OH!

let me be secretary
to the state of your affairs
the homeland security blanket
that warms you everywhere

president obamai wanna rule the roost
where the man who rules the world
roosts when he’s not
ruling the world
i wanna jump up & down
on oprah winfrey’s couch
& scream that i’m obama's girl

mister O
mister oh!
mister OH!

i wanna suck your dream of hope
from those wide brown lips
let me be one nation
united invisible
under your rhythmic hips

president obama

i like the way you shake your
round / black women stare at you
like they’d ditch their
southern fried jerk chicken
in a finger-licking flick

(c) Maxine Clarke
photo (not included)© Michael Reynolds, 2008. Taken at Noise Bar, Brunswick, while performing Open Letter To the President for the first time.

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Maxine Clarke ladies and gentleman. Lets give her an All American welcome and a hand of applause. These are just finger food - some of my favorites. The main course is at her site.


THE BROWN THUNDER FROM DOWN UNDER.... MAXINE CLARKE!

3 comments:

Mizrepresent said...

LOVED IT! so much, thanks for sharing!

CareyCarey said...

Thanks Miz. I knew you would like her work. Don't forget to go by her blog and give her a holler. There's some great thangs going on over there.

Btw, when are you and I going to get our back to back poems going again? I know you've been speaking about writers block but a little tit for tat might be just the thang the doctor ordered. You are a good poet!

Maxine Clarke said...

Thankyou Carey - Wow, what a glowing endorsement...I am in need of an agenct....