Now Appearing...Live!

by Rodger L. Hilliard

LIVE…like it's Saturday night, or 
front row seats at an Ali fight, Grover at the Bijou Café, or
a whiskey mellowed Ms. Holiday, Miles, yeah…live like Miles

LIVE…like Hannibal, Shaka, Vesey or Huey Birmingham, Montgomery, and Selma, or
Watts, Newark, Detroit or L. A. "Burn Baby Burn…Burn Baby Burn" revolution, yeah...
live like revolution Satchel's speed ball, or 
Josh and Jackie or Hank at the plate Booker T., Douglas, and W. E. B. Dubois Harriet, Mary McCloud, and Rosa Parks courage, like courage my foremother 's muffled cries, or
my forefather's whip induced scream Malcolm's vision or Martin's dream praying Mothers and Grandmothers hope , like hope working three jobs to make ends meet,
or Delta babies with little to eat paycheck to paycheck
and rent is due blues, many ways to escape,
but which do I choose Muddy Waters, yeah...
live like Muddy Waters 

LIVE...You, Me, Us, We...
rewound, reviewed, re-mixed, 
replayed, recycled, and retracted, 
time and time again...
Past and Present colliding 
You, Me, Us, We, yeah...You, Me, Us, We...
Now Appearing... ...LIVE!

Now Appearing...Live! by Rodger L. Hilliard

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