Soul Brother #2

Soul brother #2 was a

Guy who always wanted

To be like James Brown

 

Soul brother #2 spent

Hours massaging handfuls

Of Vaseline into his hair

But the waves were never

Quite right

 

Soul brother #2 sang into

A broom handle while

His bacon and eggs burned

On a black skillet

 

Soul brother #2 would

Spin and slide on a

Stage in his own mind

 

But his timing was off,

He couldn’t catch the mic

And nobody heard

His song

 

Soul brother #2 would

Watch James Brown on

A black and white TV in

A black and white world

 

Soul brother #2 wanted to

Glide into the soul brother #1

Position but he stepped in

Dog shit on the corner of

6th street defying everything

 

Except gravity

 

Soul brother #2 sits

In the back of

The bus

 

Soul brother #2’s homeboys

Are dying left and right

And up and down

And sideways

 

Soul brother #2 smiles

And knows deep down

There’s only one

Soul brother #1

 

Soul brother #2

Walks slowly on

His journey

 

The street

Is his

Stage

 

He’s still

Here, still

Alive

 

Still trying

To make

It

 

He will

 

And soul brother #1

Is somewhere

 

Smiling

 

 

© 2007 Tony Robles

 

 

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