if i knew i couldn’t fail…

14 Jan

if i knew i couldn’t fail
i would live deep inside myself
where the people chant in dances
and in wails,
loud with bass and drum.
where tears scream though scats
and the people speak in tongues.
where love pours through guitar scales
and loss becomes flat notes
in the perfect pitch.
my heart would be
a legitimate instrument
and i would skip notes and miss beats
and not care.
my arched-back would
move with hip circles and
flailed arms
and wouldn’t care how they looked.
i would move sideways,
and every other way,
forget balance,
and realize that i am rhythm
my body would own itself.
i would live deep inside myself
so close to God
my voice would sound like His.
if i knew i couldn’t fail
i would lose “myself,”
rediscover her,
and claim a new name.
maybe something like,
“free.”

(artwork by monica stewart)

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5 Responses to “if i knew i couldn’t fail…”

  1. kolembo January 14, 2011 at 6:37 am #

    Absolutely! ‘…my heart would be, a legitimate instrument…’ Fantastic. Really.

  2. lkp January 24, 2011 at 9:29 am #

    you’re insane. genious. i seriously think you should think about publishing.

  3. Jingle May 24, 2011 at 11:10 am #

    incredible.

    keep it up.

  4. Jingle May 24, 2011 at 11:10 am #

    How are you?
    come to poets rally if you wish, I have more than 1000 poets going through the rally during the year of 2010-2011, hard to put you on top list unless you stay active and join the rally often,
    do love your talent a lot, and wish to have you around.
    bless your day.

    keep inspiring.
    Hope to see you in.

    xoxox

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