space is the place/an ode to Sun Ra

A little past midnight in the early hour of 1980 New Year’s day, I saw a performance in Washington, D.C., of the late jazz composer, bandleader, piano and synthesizer player, and poet Sun Ra while tripping on acid. This is a tribute to that memory.

Sun Ra
Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay
space   		is the place
oh 		        Sun Ra
	                and your Arkestra
where  	        jAzZ	
	               BloWs the truth
teach me TRUTH.
Sun Ra Arkestra: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
where	             your RhYtHmS
	                     with 	joy
teach me JOY. 
Sun Ra
Image by Alexa from Pixabay
where 	your     fingers
	                      that piano 
	                      with	love 
teach me LOVE. 
Sun Ra
Image by Михаил Серебреников from Pixabay
space 	               IS THE PLACE 
cruise 	               for     answers
	                       for	wisdom
teach me WISDOM. 
Sun Ra
Image by Ylanite Koppens from Pixabay
sail 	              into SPACE
	                      the tinsel sparkled robes 
	                      the egyptian motif
	                      the space-travel headdresses
		                     you wore 
		                     on your way home
		                     to SATURN
	                      teach me 
how to find HOME.

Author: Antonio Pedro Ruiz

Antonio Ruiz is an ex-junkie-alcoholic, former seminarian, one-time radio host-producer, past community organizer, continuing to be a media advocate, retired television reporter, ex-commission executive director, once a street vendor of jewelry and gloves, waitron (waiter to you), a former bartender who drank too much on the job, an ex-motorcycle courier who learned to ride a bike just for the job, ex-airport shuttle driver, former Entertainment news director-producer, the best time of my life, one-time live TV events red carpet producer-executive producer, ex-small business consultant, ex-youth media and journalism mentor, and now a college student who also has been married three times (thirds the charm), and just couldn't help living with two other women because well, that's part of my story.

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