Posted by: Ron DuBour | May 15, 2014

Preservation Hall

Poesy plus Polemics

"New Orleans' Preservation Hall" Painting by Diane Millsap From “New Orleans’ Preservation Hall”
Painting by Diane Millsap

begrimed from inelegant
handling by time
generations of
recrudesced woes
flatten tones of
wrought iron song
ancient masonry
veined with extinct
mangrove roots
yellowed weary
walls witness old
men perform music
that never gets
written it comes
of the moment
from troubled
ears suffering life
who can pick out
the excerpts of
Dixieland joypain from
abject privation then
reblend them back
into passionate
storyline melodies
riding on bass lines
with pumping
slick rhythms that
dance all the dust
from the rafters
preserving within
this revered shabby
space sweet impurity
coloring undaunted
sounds of a hot humid
hardscrabble culture
that nowhere else
anywhere under
ambivalent gaze
of the sun could
find flourish or
feel so at home

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