It rolls and rumbles out of you

Like you don’t understand the fuss

But you do, ‘cause you feel the buzz

For it holds your curves and your nerves

Connects you to the low frequency

Keeping you off the high wire

And that damned freaky ass moon

Tells it like it is,

Especially when what it is

Is hard to tell

Holds you motionless while you’re moving

Cries at movies, laughs at crying

It’s a hum that extends out to your fingers

It’s that touch you have that lingers

Oh, don’t get it wrong it can sing a bad song

Blurts at the wrong moment

Flirts with the wrong moment

Wears a queer color of eyeshadow

Can even be downright shallow

It’s that smudge you’re marked with

Can even throw a big, juicy, fat fit

But it’ll dig down with you for the long term, the big view

It says,

“If I were you, you’d be me

We’re made for each other, you see”

It’s in your pocket like lint

You had better get used to it

So, give it all the love you’ve got

For it’s in the shape of you, is it not?



27 Comments on “Soul

  1. Wow! A person not knowing English but still able to read this out loud would still appreciate a rhythm that reaches out to grab the reader.


  2. Modal jazz is misunderstood. Kandri Golpanath here is what I call mono-modal, especially considering the Alaap, then the tala. Coltrane took modes to another level. I’m partial to Sanders, however, who was closer to mono-modal improvisation. I saw Golpanath with his amazing violist sometime in the near past with a version of this group.

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  3. Hoo boy! You are among the small elite who recognize Coltrane’s later work. I gobbled those Impulse albums up. Took acid,listened, practiced…attempted to play the records at parties until people ran from me when I appeared. Okay,they are mostly unlistenable under normal circumstances. Can’t help wondering what Trane would have done had he survived. He sort of played himself into a corner I saw Trane five or six times. In Chicago with Archie Shepp. That was insane! They played one note for thirty minutes. I loved it. Your erudition is showing, Elan.


  4. “That smudge you’re marked with”….yes, I feel that. Incredible writing, powerful.

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  5. I’ve long contemplated how one could define “soul”. I think your poem does a good job of it.
    I began my creative life as a musician, then sort of migrated into poetry and prose, without leaving the original “soul” of music behind. Let’s just say that one knows it when one connects with it. Soul, that is…

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  6. Thanks Art. It’s good to hear from you again. I checked out your poem “Souls” and enjoyed it. If I were to think of a difference between our poems, I would say your poem is about souls and my poem is about soul. Funny, how one letter can change a signifier. Take Care!


  7. Beautiful. You are consistently one of the most rewarding poets I read. By some coincidence, I’ve written a poem called “Souls”.

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  8. This is so abstract! If I were to paint this poem it would look like I was on acid. Lol.

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