other people's poems, poetry

What Can Brown Do For You?

I told a friend at the coffeehouse
that if  james brown didn’t make the
front page of
the newspapers
i’d give him a jazz cd
he scoffed at my bet
told me that when luther died
he didin’t make the front page
” so, why was james brown special ?”

i told  him
while luther vandross

 had the voice of an angel
james was the black elvis,
 he gave birth to funk and
summed up blackness in a 4 minute song
i picked up the paper this morning
sorry that i won

Erren Geraud Kelly/ December 26, 2006

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