the last poets

No Clouds

Howdy, I am safely in the Big Apple and ready to see folks and hear folks and do 'thangs' and what not.  I have to say that it is HOTTTT.  Like too hot.  90-100's hot.  I don't miss the heat living in Seattle.  I enjoy sleeping soundly in the cool temperatures we have there.  Waking up to this heat is sort of stressful.  You wake up knowing right away that you have to move according to the heat.  You are drained a bit before you begin anything and you (or at least me) try to find somewhere that has some air conditioning… because my brother's place doesn't have any.

I spent last night with my father, brothers (two of them), sister-in-law, two of my nephews and a groovy poet named Neiel.  My father's place is a creative person magnet.  On any given day you will find poets, dancers, singers, painters, writers, etc.  In all honesty, that also makes up my family (except for the dancers, we don't have any dancers in the immediate family).  The evening began with a listen to my father's new album, produced by my brother Pharoah (an amazing singer, writer and producer), with vocals by my sister-in-law & brother-in-law.  We danced, we sang, we had a blast.  My nephews got in on the action after they played a game of chess (the 11 year old beating the 14 year old and letting us all know about it).

What follows is a little over 5 minutes of a hilarious evening of acting/improv and just adorableness.  The poem is called "No Clouds" and as his father said, I would bet that it wasn't written down!  Ha…

Here it is: No Clouds



On The Road

Hey! I never understood the importance of vacations when I was growing up… mainly because we were poor and could never afford to take them.  Being older, not poor, and having taken the time to relax on vacations, I see the power that lies within getting up and going away.  Absence can make the heart grow fonder and it can also give you time to go within and find yourself 'you time.'  When you have a life where you give of yourself to others (which we all do in some way or another) making time to give to yourself must become a priority.

I am heading to NYC tomorrow and looking forward to seeing my friends and family.  I am excited about getting back to the Sunday 'Open House' with my father (poets, singers, artists all convene to discuss their work, politics, history, the future, racial and social justice issues, and more), hanging with my brothers (I have 5) and catching up w/my friends.  I am also looking forward to having some distance between me and my daily grind.  I need to actually have the perspective to see where time is being utilized well and where it is not.  I know there are places where tightening up need to happen.  Being away is great because it gives me the space and the vantage point to see how I may be over extending and or being inefficient in various areas of my world.  I love how travel can be clarifying.

Now New York is pretty far away, but it is necessary for me to connect in person with my family.  However, one need not leave the state to find that time away that they need.  You can take a day trip to any number of places that are cheap and easy to travel to in order to get that same perspective.  I like to find cheap and lovely places to crash if I want a mini vacation.  Changing the scenery is a great way to spark changing the interpretation of things in your head.  Getting away for a moment can be the thing that keeps you from becoming bored, overwhelmed, or stuck.   Sleeping in a different place, waking up to different sounds, being surrounded by different energy, can bring a re-appreciation for your life that you don't often get when you don't actually leave it.

So get up, get out, and get a new view.  Sometimes we have to look at things from another direction to see them clearly.