Rahsaan Roland Kirk, c. 1974
Cleveland Hopkins Airport 1972
by dan smith
The certain blindness of the powers that be
hijacked the music after a gig on Euclid
and there weren’t enough horns to save it.
“ All secure Chief, we locked up
another blind guy. Yeah, we’re going
through his luggage and taking apart
his instruments. I’m sure we will find
the bomb sooner or later.” Rahsaan,
who is said to have had a wicked
sense of humor, may well have been
fond of saying “ Cleveland blows .“
dan smith is the author of two chapbooks: Crooked River and The Liquid of Her Skin, the Suns of Her Eyes published by Deep Cleveland Press and Night Ballet Press respectively. He has been published in the Rhysling Anthology, Dwarf Stars, Scifaikuest, Renegade Flowers: d.a. levy in the Digital Revolution, Kaleidotrope, Zen of the Dead and Lupine Lunes published by Popcorn Press, microcosms, Red Fez, Hedgerow: A Journal of Small Poems and Failed Haiku to name a few.