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Ebony
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Edward Hujsak


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Think music.
Think keyboards.
Think Mozart, Pete Johnson,
nimble fingers on satin smooth keys,
sounds of Cesar Franck roaring
through open church doors.

Think ornaments
in the dark sarcophagus
of an Egyptian princess,
black bangles on bronze arms
of Bantu women.

Think carvings of black idols,
pachyderms and primates,
warm to the touch
from sucking up the sun.

Think Kachin jungle,
where nocturnal tigers prowl,
where black hearts leap
at the thought of you.

 

A variation of this poem appears in For Love of Trees (Mina-Helwig, 2009).
Used with the author’s permission.
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Edward Hujsak is a rocket engineer turned writer, artist, sculptor, and builder of fine furniture and musical instruments. A chemical engineering graduate of the University of New Hampshire, Edward worked on propulsion systems at General Dynamics during development of the Atlas and Centaur rockets. He was propulsion engineer on John Glenn’s famous orbital flight and served as chief of preliminary design at General Dynamics Astronautics Division for ten years, accumulating more than a dozen patents in the aerospace field. Edward is the author of seven published books and has written commentaries for a variety of journals and magazines, including Spaceflight, Space News, Machine Design, San Diego Reader and MAKE magazine. He lives in La Jolla, California.

 


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Odranoel:
Imprecionante
Posted 09/28/2016 03:22 PM
Odranoel:
Imprecionante
Posted 09/28/2016 03:22 PM
Dorcas:
I'll stop at the keyboard music, thank you. Being a pianist and teacher. Thanks for your impression of ebony.
Posted 04/26/2013 05:39 PM
ed werstein:
I like all of Hujsak's poetry, and thi spiece is no exception. Juxtaposing Mozart and Pete Johnson....brilliant.
Posted 04/26/2013 08:46 AM
dotief@comcast.net:
Love it!
Posted 04/26/2013 07:54 AM
MaryLeeHahn:
I like the repetition of "think." It slowed me down. I did what it told me to do!
Posted 04/26/2013 04:38 AM


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