Brain To Books Blog Tour Day 4/#2

A Voice Among Many

Brain to Books Blog Tour

Voices Among Many

From the pen of Charlene Diane Jones

This poem doesn’t appear in any books but free flows through readings I have done over the last couple of decades.

I performed poetry with my poetry partner Linda Stitt across much of Southern Ontario

throughout the last decades of the millenium, and have focused through the new millenium on being at home to write, poetry, prose (my novel The Stain is available at

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=the+Stain+Charlene+Diane+Jones+

I have a radio program twice monthly on www.whistleradio.com 102.7 fm in which I interview writers. Let me know if you are interested, by contacting me at charlenej@rogers.com

I also have a blog space at www.soulsciences.net I love science, which often sounds in its amazing and surprising details like poetry to me. I particularly love Neuroscience and have just completed a small book called Medicine Buddha/Medicine Mind on the power of visualization as explained by neuroscience. No, really, it’s an easy to read primer to those two subjects.

Anyway thanks for taking time here with me. I look forward to more contact later!

Charlene

“Beading” by Charlene Diane Jones

Snow falling, near midnight

your voice on the phone.

I walk the long mile to your house

my black cape flaps like a crow’s wing

you remove, down to my eager skin.

That was long ago.

Now, between my skin and this wall

your face appears, rises and dissolves.

Memory and dream

wind on the same skein.

Our waking days bead

the braided string.

This day I wake to cigarettes,

scotch and this wall,

where memory frames

you stepping into my kitchen

or ambling with me through villages

where a your man snakes his hips

under the low-slung silk skirt

his kohl-darkened eyes burning,

beckoning the older man, his partner.

I remember you said then

you wanted a man, a young man, that man.

Memories and dreams

wind on the same skein.

Our waking days bead

the braided string.

Now, I leave my house

to walk in snow

wrapped in ten years of dreams

and a need to forget

that dream about the plague,

you thin, blistered, fevered

choking in delirium

delusion about recovery,

need to forget how you said

last time we met

the dream about the plague was mine

how last time we met you said

that dream about the plague was mine.

How dreams and memory wind

together on the same skein.

Under my skin waking days bleed.

The beads spin.

Your death yanked the string.

From the Desk of B.R. Kingsolver.

From I’ll Sing for my Dinner by BR Kingsolver

I'll Sing For My DinnerWe went up on stage and he handed me a white Fender Stratocaster, a Jimi Hendrix guitar. Jared had been playing a hollow-body Gibson most of the evening, but switched for a few songs.

Strapping on the Strat, I strummed it to hear how it was tuned. And then one of my imps seized control. I launched into Purple Haze, running the entire introductory riff. When I stopped and looked around, everyone in the bar was staring at me.

Stepping to the mic, I said, “Sorry. I’m not used to driving a guitar this powerful. It just sorta got away from me.”

Everyone laughed.

We got me in tune with the rest of the band, and when the other members came back from their break, Jared introduced me.

“We have a special treat tonight, a psychedelic rocker from the East Coast.” That got a laugh. “Those of you who happened to catch her playing here during dinner last night or tonight know what a special talent she is, and she’s graciously agreed to sing a couple of songs with us. Please welcome Miss Cecily Buchanan.”

Their band was tight and I liked playing with them. Jared was an excellent lead guitarist, and their pedal steel player was pretty good. The bassist and drummer were also good musicians. The rhythm guitarist was adequate, but had a nice voice. We played half a dozen Emmylou Harris songs, including Luxury Liner, Quarter Moon in a Ten Cent Town, Roses in the Snow, Boston to Birmingham, Even Cowgirls Get the Blues, and I sang a duet of Hello Stranger with Jared.

I’ve never been shy on stage, and the applause and cheers as I put the guitar down and stepped off the bandstand felt as good as if I’d been playing Carnegie Hall. It’s better than food. I drank it all in shamelessly. For the first time in years, I felt whole, like myself. I remembered that I used to live for that feeling. How had I gone so far astray? This was so much better than any drug.

Jake came out from behind the bar and I skipped toward him. I threw my arms around his waist and gave him a hug. He hugged me back, in a friendly sort of way. His large strong hands on my back felt good. He didn’t try to pull me into him, and for some reason, it didn’t make me feel uncomfortable.

“Damn, Cecily, you’re incredible,” he said.

I looked up in his face. He was smiling and happy for me. Filled with approval. My heart seemed so full I thought it might burst. Where had this man been? Why hadn’t I run into him two years ago? Someone who seemed genuinely happy when I succeeded, instead of jealous?

I pulled his face down to mine and kissed him on the lips. “You can’t imagine how happy you’ve made me, and I’ve barely known you a day,” I said.

~~~

teaser 2I turned to the band, and launched into the opening rift of Dance All Night. After the second rift, they came in on time, and I turned to the mic to sing.

It’s been a lousy day

Come home to get away

Boss was a jerk, always down on me

Need to kick loose and move to feel free

 

Going to go out and

Dance all night

The music makes things right

Shake my ass and forget

Ain’t heard last call yet

Dance all night

 

Boyfriend called and moaned

Says he has to work ‘til dawn

Thinks I’m too dumb to catch on

He’s gettin’ some on the side

I ain’t staying home while he rides

Don’t want to sit around bored

Short dress and fuck-me shoes, hit the door

 

Going to go out and

Dance all night

The music makes things right

Shake my ass and forget

Ain’t heard last call yet

Dance all night

 

<guitar solo>

 

Don’t want to sit around bored

Short dress and fuck-me shoes, hit the door

Flirt with all the good lookin guys

Gonna find one to make me fly

 

Going to go out and

Dance all night

The music makes things right

Shake my ass and forget

Ain’t heard last call yet

Dance all night

 

When I finished, I did think the roof would come off. It was a new song, one I started thinking about in New York and finished in London. It had a dance beat, and the lyrics were inspired by all the women I saw alone in the clubs. I had practiced it with the band, but no one else had heard it. Neither Darlene nor Terrie had great singing voices, but when we practiced it we decided they should come in on the chorus.

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