Thursday, June 29, 2006


Remembering Eric Dolphy

Fall Down
(in memory of Eric Dolphy)

All men are locked in their cells.
Though we quake
In fist of body
Keys rattle, set us free.

I remember and wonder why?
In fall, in summer; times
Will be no more. Journeys
I remember and wonder why?

In the sacred labor of lung
Spine and groin,
You cease, fly away

To what? To autumn, to
Winter, to brown leaves, to
Wind where no lark sings; yet
Through domination of air, jaw and fire

I remember!

Eric Dolphy, you swung
A beautiful axe. You lived a clean
You were young --
You died.

Copyright © Calvin C. Hernton.

Eric Allan Dolphy died on June 29, 1964.

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