Don Drummond

This poem by Anthony McNeill (1941-1996) mourns Skatalites trombonist Don Drummond.

Don

for the D
‘To John Coltrane: the heaviest spirit’
from Black Music, LeRoi Jones

may I learn the shape of that hurt
which captured you nightly into
dread city, discovering through
streets steep with the sufferer’s beat:

teach me to walk through jukeboxes
and shadow that broken music
whose irradiant stop is light,
guide through those mournfullest journeys

I back into harbour Spirit
in heavens remember we now
and show we a way into praise,
all seekers together, one-heart:

and let we lock conscious when wrong
and Babylon rock back again:
in the evil season sustain
o heaviest spirit of sound.

Anthony McNeill

aaadon

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