14 September 2016

Mice Elves, Thank You for the Rock




"Thank You Falletin Me Be Mice Elf Again"


Grateful for music of identity
and unity—of beat and pride and funk,
of Cuba, New Orleans, of Brown and Sly
and more—that changed the face of the dance floor.

Mice elves and ourselves, still predator
and prey, came close enough for cross over
and curiosity to play.  Minds set
to fight or fly paused to face new light.

Black power showed oppression’s source and scared
the powers in control to dirty fights
with drugs and guns, set-ups and tightened locks
on lowered ceilings—yet music still flowed.   

Mice elves changed minds and shifted borders so
underground forces continue to roll
in rock that’s deep within united souls,
this rock of ages where love can grow.



Written for Sumana's prompt

Poets United Midweek Motif ~ Appreciation



My blog poems are rough drafts.
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© 2016 Susan L. Chast





18 comments:

Sumana Roy said...

The inner rhyme of the poem works wonder....heartfelt words in appreciation of such beauty flowing in the face of adversity. Love "yet music still flowed."...

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

There's something about the flowing of music that keeps civilization on course, even when it seems to veer off.

Gillena Cox said...

Nice retro-spect; its interesting placing the appreciation for the music within a frame of reference. Happy Wednesday Susan

much love...

Anonymous said...

Music is something we all need to be grateful for...

Sherry Blue Sky said...

I am intrigued by the "mice elves" (myselves?)and love the "rock that's deep within united souls". The spirit will always rise.

Sanaa Rizvi said...

I agree, the presence of good music is something we always be grateful for cause its food for the soul ❤

kaykuala said...

Mice elves changed minds and shifted borders so
underground forces continue to roll

It helps rekindle that winning streak of love and care that makes the world go round. One is most lucky to be chosen to savor such things! Rightly so Susan!

Hank

Jae Rose said...

Rock of ages made me think of the hymn - I enjoyed singing that one - and mice elves made me smile - thank you 🐭

Anonymous said...

Sing to me that I too may float away. Well composed

rallentanda said...

Music is a constant drifting through all the scenarios..a unifier.

Old Egg said...

How music really does take away the the pain of all our ills and troubles and make them easier to bear and hopefully overcome. How this took me back to my other ways.

Mary said...

Well, admittedly this poem goes over my head. Really sorry...

Panchali said...

It is the essence of order, and leads to all that is good, just and beautiful...!! I agree, music, beat and rhythm find their way into the secret places of the soul thankfully!

Susan said...

For you, Mary, and everyone else who must be wondering, I put in the title of the song, "Thank You Falletin Me Be Mice Elf Again," which is a joke on how people hear the words slurred together.

Truedessa said...

in rock that’s deep within united souls,
this rock of ages where love can grow.

hopefully, love will indeed grow...

Rosemary Nissen-Wade said...

Even with the explanation, it's a bit beyond me too, in other ways. I think the allusions must be very USA.

Unknown said...

The beautiful flow of music...nicely appreciated through your words... :-)

Intelliblog said...

As a child I used to mis-hear song lyrics all the time and I had very weird ideas about what the songs were about. I still appreciated the music, though... :-)