Transmigration Blues

Come one
Come all
to the quarky ball
Where dancing skeletons
pick up stones
on this earthly scow
and clone the bones
Stand up now!
and let those photons
shoot right through you
Scotty to Kirk:
I’ve giv’n her all she’s got Captain
an’ I canna give her no more
But Jezebel says:
There’s music in
these old bones yet
Just ask Ezekiel
The Lord God says:
Son of Man
can these bones live?
Let the frosting melt
in MacArthur Park
’cause the recipe isn’t lost
in the rain
in the air
in the dust
in the dark
Carry Me Back to Old Virginny
Out through the orifice I skinny
Does DNA dream
in Schrödinger’s kitty?
I’ll never be nothing
now or then
I’m already
Here We Go Again


dancing skeletons

Top photo courtesy of Marissa Anderson (Flickr Creative Commons)


23 thoughts on “Transmigration Blues

  1. Very interesting poem, Mary Jo! Vivid and eerie, with some great pop-culture references! (I’m a “Star Trek” fan, and still have the original “45” of Richard Harris singing “MacArthur Park” — quite a long single for its time.)

  2. Wonderful poem, Mary Jo. So much going on in it. Your mind must have been bursting with energy and ideas. I remember buying the piano sheet music for MacArthur Park way back in the day. It started off quite easy to play, but got rather hectic as it moved along, a bit like your poem. Brilliant stuff. 👏🏻

  3. Excellent insights, Mary Jo!! So many thoughts that collide and merge, a trip through centuries, all brought together with the words, “Here we Go Again.” I have also been fascinated by “The Danse Macabre” – the prompting to all that death will come. But there is life in the bones as you so brilliantly articulated when they “pick up stones.” Can these bones live?!!! Yes!!! Just as spring will always be waiting for us!
    “Spring was never waiting for us, dear
    It ran one step ahead
    As we followed in the dance”

    • Ah, Rebecca, there are so many beautiful lyrics in that song. I haven’t listened to it in years, but I will do it now that you’ve reminded me of why it was once so important to me. Your thoughtful comments and support for my writing are deeply appreciated. Hugs and more hugs coming your way!!

  4. …”there we’ll be happy and free from all sorrow”
    I know I’ll be coming back over and over to absorb and enjoy more…
    Thank you, my dear Mary Jo. xoxoxo
    [one more Trekkie here! 😉 ]

    • Well, several lyrics in this song certainly don’t measure up to standards of political correctness, but you rightly shine focus on the warmth and faith of its African-American author.

      Trekkies are everywhere! Thank you, dear Marina for supporting my creative efforts. xoxoxo

  5. I enjoyed your associative poem. It’s like perching inside your head for a bit before going back to the header photo and asking, Did you bake that cake and leave it out in the rain?

  6. Silvia Lia Leigh, MD says:

    The dry old forsaken bones shall live! Even before that hope time manifested, you can TOUCH these bones NOW and you will see the power of resurrection, the virtue of healing, coming out of them! “Once, while some Israelites were burying a man’s body, they saw a group of Moabites. The Israelites quickly threw the body into Elisha’s tomb and ran away. As soon as the man’s body touched the bones of Elisha, the man came back to life and stood up” (2Kg 13:21; CEV). Men’s rejection became my healing! I pray for you, dear sister Mary Jo, that anyone who touches the spirit of your wonderful deep spiritual poems, gets healed! Body, soul and spirit! Thank you for always encouraging me!

    • Thank you, Silvia for your encouragement. I appreciate your comments. Ezekiel was included as part of my stream of consciousness writing, because they’re part of me too 🙂 You’re the only blogger I know who is a physician for body, soul and spirit. May God continue to bless and protect your mission in Nigeria.

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