song for the teacher


Blues for Dr R. J. Mekoa

Movement 1:

elements of sound

elements of air

airborne sounds circumnavigating the firmament

seeking for hearts to inhabit

we are all echoes of the wind

some hit the trees and fall beneath the leaves

and others caress the bark like a long lost lover

Movement 2:

how long has the wind seeker been gone

some men seek after the wind

while  some find the golden threads

woven by birds of paradise in the air.

“how can you tell the difference

between a seeker and a loiterer?”

the Dr considers the answer

flips through the sheets of music and raises his trumpet

blows just one note

“each one teach one.”

the teacher tells the students

who were told to play the sound of their favorite bird

yet only a handful could remember what a bird sounded like

the teacher had to appeal to the imagination

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