Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Give Love on Christmas Day


"'Give Love on Christmas Day' is a Christmas song first recorded by Motown Records' family quintet The Jackson 5." The version I share with you today is cover by one of the greatest soul singers of our day, Ledisi. This version can be found on her 2008 Christmas album,"It's Christmas." (lyrics)


Kai's Thoughts: 

I am grateful for love today and everyday.

I am grateful for smiles from strangers.

I’m grateful for the sun, the moon, and the stars.

I’m grateful for the rain.

I’m grateful for the quiet that comes when the rain ceases.

I am grateful for old ladies who smell like sweet potato pie and peppermint sticks.

I am grateful for the brother who was out on Lakeshore yesterday with his amp, blessing the world with his soulful baritone.

I am grateful for my friend, my elder, Terry De Grace who invited me and my mother to her Christmas Eve church services yesterday at the Plymouth UCC Chruch of Jazz and Justice.

I am grateful for the message of hope and faith. 

I am grateful that even in the face of a reality that tells us we shouldn’t be here,  some of us still believe and struggle for life and joy and FREEDOM.

I am grateful for those of us who believe that what is, does not determine what will/can be.

I am grateful for the solstice ritual that Fly and Jay invited me to.

I am grateful for the end of this time according to the Mayan calendar.

I am pre-grateful for the end of Capitalist time.

I am grateful for the Time of Revolutionary Love that continually disrupts Capitalist time.

I am grateful for YOU.

What are you grateful for today?

A Love Poem for Love

       It is the end of time as we have known it
         But we are still alive            And love still persist
     With a brush from the lips             Of my lover, she slips
                                                                                                              Forward, out of space             And I don’t catch her             ‘Cause she fly
             And the sun burns for her
                 Like my soul, it yearns for her     
           Transformative elsewheres
        And I think I hear myself there
                  No there… there…
                                                                                              And beyond…
  It is always the words unspoken
That make you feel
                                                                                                        As though flying is a possibility        
Alive and Alive
                                                     Jumping into darkeness'                                           light
         It is as sweet as smoke and soft lips touching
            Calloused hands and ashy legs meet to make beautiful
                          This and these                  
                                                                                                 Words don’t make much sense here
In the silences of full hearts
 Sparked stares reveal something...
Laughter and smiles make music
The kind I like to listen to when I’m all by myself or
Dancing with you 
                                      Embracing the moment
                                                                                                                   It won’t last                        
                                                                                             But  for now
It is enough
I’ve never been full like this
And still these words won’t make much sense                            here
They belong, nowhere                                                  here
 Yet exist.
Hold on to whatever it is that keeps the sky from falling
For it also keeps you and I from drowning.


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