>IN THIS PLACE OF LIGHT & SOUND : An Ode To The Readings At The QE2


Photo By Poet & Activist Dan Wilcox



“This is my religion, this is my church
And nothing else matters”


They are the ghosts of poets
Which rain down upon the future
But that live within the past,

The signs which say “We Lived”

Go back to the beginning
Go back to that place,

Where the voices of
Memories take the stage.

I see Tom walking in
With the sign up sheet,

And over there
Pat Covert waiting,
Smoke in his mouth
Making some wise-cracking
Remark to some frightened kid,

Reading…for the first time.

And in front
Dan is taking pictures
And passing out fliers
Still talking about “Peace”

And now there’s Mary, Tess,
Don & Steve. Making fun of some
Guy in a polyester suit &
With a long Whitman beard


But we’re all still here
And all for the same reason
And the same thing.

Because we are all
Addicts to the pen
And to the paper

And we all need to
Say something because we
All have our reasons
To say it.

After all, what makes
You a poet anyways?
Why do you still write?
Keep napkins and
Discarded sheets of paper
All just for that one line
Which says


“I’m here”


As over the years we see
People come and go while all the
Places remain the same.

And our souls are
Who we are when we get up
Upon that stage


So where’s Whiteboy?
Where’s Fleming?
And where is Matt Kelly?

And all the voices,
Of the disappeared?

Where punk rock meets the 1960’s,
And revolution meets anarchy,
George Bush, Ronald Reagan, Clinton
And verses, sex in the bathroom,
Siestinas, sonnets & the avant-garde?

Poems about love, sorrow
And Vietnam, Hardcore drinking &

On the hoof.

And one poet asks;

“Where Are All The Professors?”

Where are all the poets?

By body or by soul,
By mind or by time
We are.

And in some way
Still here


In this place of sound
And Light, words and voices

Where all of it “Mattered”

And all matters


R.M. Engelhardt 2009


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