*Excerpts from “Amadeus”
Welcome to Lowell
My senses adapt to flashin’ lights, sound of fire engines runnin’
Tint of blue and red got the whole block flooded
Walker street—blocked off from Broadway to Pawtucket
Finish 22 bottle’a Bud Light—got me buzzin’.
11:30 pm--what goin’ on in Lowell Mass.?—this is what it is…
Smoke and flames—drama, trauma, so here we go again…
House fire—knocked on the door, somebody phoned it in.
Make my way through the crowd formin’ in the ‘hood…
Some Asians show me love…
Boots straight-laced—no look on my face, I show ‘em mug
We exchange nods—they sayin’ “what’s up”
Down the middle’a the street I stride…
Once again the lights almost got me hypnotized
Back at the crib I sip another brew, I sit and write--that’s how this devised.
Future wiz an’ I, talkin’ wisdom good and bad
No profit grow where there’s no pleasure to be had
Eliot Church on Summer street—attendin’ the mass
Have Faith in Dad—no longer led astray by feelin’ happy, mad, or sad.
On the roof gazin’ up—the starry night it glow
Spirituality and art—talkin’ ‘bout Vincent Van Gogh…
Blue eyes, red beard—said I look like him yo
Ain’t no darkness in my soul
Ain’t got no ears so ain’t got nuttin’ for no ho.
Respect the young woman next to me—call her wifey, my counterpart
Stare into space farther than sound—so far
God sent—made me harder than crowbar
Been in the streets…
Black or white—don’t matter to me
Need peace—material greed can’t satisfy me (ha ha).
Father God He keep on callin’ me…
I gotta crawl on my knees…
Prostrated since I was bought and conceived…
Christ paid the price, Moms and Pops provided natural life…
And by the way the beat ride—you can tell it’s a fight
Promise you this—even when I leave—still won’t die.
(Lover of God).