Street Spirits.
Article Type: Poem
Author: Cromartie, J. Vern
Pub Date: 12/01/2010
Publication: Name: Journal of Pan African Studies Publisher: Journal of Pan African Studies Audience: Academic Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Social sciences Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2010 Journal of Pan African Studies ISSN: 0888-6601
Issue: Date: Dec, 2010 Source Volume: 4 Source Issue: 2
Accession Number: 306754413
Full Text: --J. Vern Cromartie

Richmond, California

[c] 2005

Dr. J. Vern Cromartie is a poet and chair of the Sociology Department at Contra Costa College. He is a former student of Marvin X. Dr. Cromartie recently delivered a research paper at a sociology conference on Marvin X's tenure at UC Berkeley.
Street Spirits
(For Marvin X)

   under a red sky
   you have roamed
   the streets of San Francisco
   rapping about homeless blues
   in your poetry
   in your life
   in your spirit

   under a red sky
   i saw you
   once selling the Poetry Flash
   to rich tourists and wondered
   whether you would become
   the next Bob Kaufman

   under a red sky
   you have roamed the beaches
   of the Golden State
   praying here and there
   remembering your sweet Sherley
   confessing your sins and mistakes

   under a red sky
   you have remembered
   that a poet is full
   of great feelings
   of love
   for God
   for self
   for others
   whether the poet
   is homeless
   or not

   under a red sky
   you have helped me
   to embrace
   the street spirits
   and the rays
   of a red sun
   with your poetry
   with your life
   with your spirit.
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