Lee Mack

Gold Star - 6,086 Points (Shelbyville Kentucky)

We Are Here Ellison - Poem by Lee Mack

We’re here Ellison –spiritually moving
Over spots of light on the vertical floor
Shut off from the reach of outstretched
Holy hands too good to be true to the
Senses - too impavid to appear invisible
In peril of poverty’s disease in the
Grip of aristocracy shielded by vaccination
Protocols eugenics and clinical trials-
Militia controls and bounties on guardians
Outliers and the fourth estate –literary
Advances flow through ATM’s to third party
Progressive rhetoricians and outlier favor
Critical blame drowns out poetry rather
Than real invisible constraint
Fear rises from laws of men rather than
Nature orchestrating the feel of jazz
Released to love coming down –Bigger cannot
Dance without it nor the classical will to
Oblige the music playing force fields -
Plains and edges sliced out of the otiose
And comatose reawakening of fear of fear
We’re here Baldwin –visibly raking the
Coals over the fire next time.


Comments about We Are Here Ellison by Lee Mack

  • Bri Edwards (11/23/2017 5:58:00 PM)


    not the only word i wasn't familiar with! :

    Definition of otiose
    1: producing no useful result: futile
    2: being at leisure: idle
    3: lacking use or effect: functionless
    — otiosely adverb
    — otioseness noun
    — otiosity play \ˌō-shē-ˈä-sə-tē, ˌō-tē-\ noun

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    well, golly gee, i still don't follow your meanings, if meanings there ARE in your poem, and i bet there are!

    let me read another. bri :)
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  • Bri Edwards (11/23/2017 5:52:00 PM)


    and:

    Baldwin's novels and plays fictionalize fundamental personal questions and dilemmas amid complex social and psychological pressures thwarting the equitable integration not only of African Americans, but also of gay and bisexual men, while depicting some internalized obstacles to such individuals' quests for acceptance.

    as for the poem, i may be too blue collar and white skin to understand it well. let me read it again.

    :)
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  • Bri Edwards (11/23/2017 5:49:00 PM)


    i had to do some research!

    Ellison applied twice for admission to Tuskegee Institute, the prestigious all-black university in Alabama founded by Booker T. Washington.[6] He was finally admitted in 1933 for lack of a trumpet player in its orchestra.[6] Ellison hopped freight trains to get to Alabama, and was soon to find out that the institution was no less class-conscious than white institutions generally were.

    (to be cont.)

    :)
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  • Lee Mack (7/9/2013 8:10:00 AM)


    Ralph Richard & James Bridge crosses over perfection's river on the road from truth to spiritualism... (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, July 8, 2013

Poem Edited: Monday, November 11, 2013


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