Poet, music composer (Max Able / Abel, Rawls & Hayes), and spoken-word performer (Scapeweavel) L. Ward Abel lives in rural Georgia, and has had his poems widely published in the U.S., Europe and Asia. He is the author of Peach Box and Verge (Little Poem Press, 2003) and Jonesing for Byzantium (UK Author's Press, 2006).
© 2007 Ward Abel
Two Georgia Blues
I. Conjuring a Kindred Spirit
He died in Milledgeville
was buried in Thompson,
but the year of his passing Blind
Willie still lived in Atlanta
not far from St. Joseph's
Hospital, and I, without reach
behind glass, was a newborn there.
On that Saturday morning
McTell snuck up to the baby hall:
he envisioned me. Point blank, 1959.
II. Piano Red
Wonder if anyone knew Red
years later. At his out of tune
piano. In a pizza place. I backed
him up with a set. Sometimes in
youthful exuberance my own song
was an opera. But, retirement
wasted on the old, he said to me
"good job, man," after my last one,
just before he
absolutely wrote the book.
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