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Phoenix of the Mersey (published by Breathe Magazine (UK), Spring, 2001)

Richard, you sat in the shadows,
your fingers shining like starlight.
You rhythmically pulsated your
skins and steel with sticks.
Thank you for the magical tour.

George, your quiet smile belied
the strength you gave to the
beautiful whining, weeping
strings. I still hear the sound
and envision the coming of the sun.

Paul, your face was pretty,
like that of a school girl, but your
off handed drive was powerful.
Tragically, you lost your lovely Linda.
Yet, with courage, you still say let it be.

John, thank you for the cynicism that
turned mere music into questions for
society. Your words engulfed more
lands and people than those of Jesus.
Imagine the irony. You, too, were crucified.

COPYRIGHT 2001 by Michael Bonanno
LOC Reg. #TXu 988-155

Reproduction of “Phoenix of
the Mersey” or any part
therein without the express
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Bonanno, is prohibited,
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“fair use” doctrine,
(title 17, U. S. Code).

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