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You wore your life like a life preserver
Remembering forever the political chaos
Vietnam King and the Kennedy brothers

Tongue on fire
Mind carrying the music
Of Charlie Parker and Miles Davis

You dodged the lawman’s bullet
Rode high the poetic barb
To the highest heights

You walked the streets of North Beach
With Edison electric charged eyes
Victim of shock treatments
And the white man’s lies
With matted hair and soiled jeans
That failed to disguise
Your nightmare dreams

You fired away with satellite precision
And the God’s feared your magic words
Your eyes boring through the living dead

You walked unmasked
For all to see
Lady Death the ultimate clown
Following you about town
Oblivious to the gothic nightmares
You wore like an anchor around your neck

You moved through
The streets of North Beach
The original be-bop man
Poet in residence
Caretaker of the clan

The haunting breath of death
Snapping at your heels
Like a bloodhound closing in
For the kill

And when the magic
Of North Beach left
You did too
Moving to the Bayview
Away from the social zoo
A living Bangladesh come true

Your words to the end
Hard as a pair of new boots
Echoed across the universe like
King Tut’s curse

When death came to claim you
The angry ghosts of the
Co-existence Bagel Shop
Beat hard in the paper hearts
Of every city cop

The shadow of your being
Dancing from Chinatown
Alleys to downtown high rises
Billie Holiday forever singing
In your heart

A. D. Winans