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A LOVE SUPREME

Malcom_x_by_bruni

A Love Supreme

It took Coltrane to help me understand Malcolm

(Portrait of Malcom X by Bruni

I put Coltrane’s horn

horn between my ears

and he riddles them

with exclamation points

Trane twists my insides

until I see outsides

Crying out about pain

and humiliation

Coltrane exhausts

my mind

satisfies soul

 

Malcolm X

repeats the refrain

his voice melodious

filled with passion

and intelligence

making points

castigating

oppression

in all its hidden

forms

 

This was Malcolm X

a man accused

of separatism

and egotism

I dug deeper

found a man

who moved

mountains

of Human Rights

with unity and dignity

for all peoples

 

I don’t think we

understood Malcolm X

we listened to the leaves

and did not embrace

the tree

Before his haj

Malcolm only saw black

after his pilgrimage

he did not see color

only humanity

 

© 2012 lgjaffe 

 

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