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Morning Haiku by Sonia Sanchez

10 haiku
(for Max Roach)

1.
Nothing ends
every blade of grass
remembering your sound

2.
your sounds exploding
in the universe return
to earth in prayer

3.
as you drummed
your hands kept
reaching for God

4.
the morning sky
so lovely imitates
your laughter

5.
you came warrior
clear your music
kissing our spines

6.
feet tapping
singing, impeach
our blood

7.
you came drumming
sweet life on
sails of flesh

8.
your fast beat
riding the air settles
in our bones

9.
your drums
soloing our breaths into
the beat…unbeat

10.
your hands
shimmering on the
legs of rain.

"10 haiku (for Max Roach)" from Morning Haiku by Sonia Sanchez. Copyright © 2010 by Sonia Sanchez. Reprinted by permission of Beacon Press, Boston.

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