Melodies and Memories

Melodies and Memories

A Poem by redzone



Melodies And Memories



The sunrise sparkled colors

across the Serengeti

as morning dew dripped

life onto the blood soil.

As the Plains awoke

to the morning rays,

I imagined being mesmerized

by Kilimanjaro’s shadow,

and walking through tall grass,

listening to talking drums

that beat with African life.


I remember our own Serengeti Plain

that stretched out beyond

the backyard.

It was 1993, my first trip

to visit mom and dad in Florida

and as I sat out on the lanai,

I saw the Hawk circle,

then dove,

as he hunted for fish in the canal.

We called the field,

‘Serengeti 2’,

and every morning,

we safaried over coffee

as the sun rose,

and pastel shaped clouds

roamed across the sky.

All the while,

pink flamingos

sang the blues in front yards.


Mom would play Brubeck’s

‘Take Five”, and its melody

would mix with the sounds

of afternoon rain,

uniting with Cuban salsa

and African township jive.

The jazzy riffs cooled

the Florida heat

with bougainvillea fantasies,

stirred heart beats

and dancing feet.


I remembered these simple things,

They flooded my mind

on the 27th,

with Virgo’s early rising

and Wasuton Wi’s setting.

There is an emptiness in this moon,

its shine is dulled

by the loss of music,

both hers and his

gone, the way the sweet smell

of African violets

is lost on the wind.


Everything comes and goes;

even Leo becomes Virgo

as Time’s journey continues and

arrows in one direction

leaving me with melodies and memories;

the soft touch of her gentle hands;

his words only heard far too late.


Memory’s melody plays now

in African blues,

with a jazzy twist.


Aztec Warrior/redzone 9.3.18

© 2019 redzone

Author's Note

....thanks for reading

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i think most of our lives are memories,we make new ones everyday,enjoyed your words

Posted 8 Months Ago

memories of places we have seen or imagined...those are the best memories...i have always been one to concentrate and enjoy the simpler, smaller things in life...noticing the landscape..and details of it.
As you have presented so aptly here with your strong, strong imagery.

Posted 8 Months Ago

Very memorable indeed dear poet. What wondrous moments than these? What precious memories tobehold? I think all that inspired the poet in you. Marvelous.

Posted 8 Months Ago

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Added on February 11, 2019
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