A Love of Life – Vincent Edward Manda

It’s like long trained fingers

Striking at piano keys:

I want to stop

But the music is too beautiful;

Like a disconcerted Shostakovich

A demented Paganini,

Grieg’s unsatisfied Gynt,

Or a frenzied Rachmaninoff.

 

Perhaps it’s  a mad Bach,

A troubled Mozart

Through Vivaldi’s progression,

A deaf Beethoven,

 

All without that calming Chopin.

 

It may be Oliver Mtukudzi’s sombre pleas

Or Thomas Mapfumo’s consternation,

 

It could even be,

A soothing Billie Holiday,

Howlin’ Wolf,

That rock and roll

I don’t give a FUCK

Lemmy!

 

It could be

Screaming Jay Hawkins’ demeanour;

Or Bob Marley’s wisdom

Guiding through endlessly rough seas…

 

Perhaps it’s an angry DMX,

A longing Nas

A hilarious Red n Meth,

Or it’s a Poignant Tu Pac,

 

But without this, and more;

Oh so much more,

I couldn’t live another day.

eduard696dantes

his name rhymes with ‘mince’. He’s rarely without a notebook and can usually be found next to the closest bottle of red wine. Previously a writer for The Roehampton Lane Journal.

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