Thursday, February 21, 2013

Standin' In a Black Man's Blues


In the mornin'
when I look out
at the sunrise
'cross the sea;
in the sunrise
I see shadows
an' they're lookin'
back at me.

So I ask these
shadows lookin'
back across the
ocean wide,
"What's the risen
sun revealin'
over on the
other side?"

Then a song of
rough composure
brings an answer
in its muse,
“Cross the water
see a white boy
standin' in a
black man's blues.

There's an ocean
deep and troubled,
cannot cross it
all alone;
takes a brother
'cross the ages,
heart is broken
to atone.”

Then a song of
rough composure
brings an answer
in its muse,
“Cross the water
see a white boy
standin' in a
black man's blues.”


by Ken Paxton, March 2005

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