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Prince

'This Thing Called Life'

Poetry Inspired by the
Music and Spirit of Prince

Prince Rogers Nelson
1958-2016

 

David Colodney
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About the Poet

Despite loving sports, David Colodney realized at an early age that he had no athletic ability whatsoever, so he decided to focus his attention on writing about sports instead, covering everything from major league baseball to high school flag football for The Miami Herald and The Tampa Tribune.

Colodney holds an MFA from Converse College, an MA from Nova Southeastern University, and previously served as Poetry Editor of the South85 literary magazine.

His poetry has appeared in the New York School and Diaspora issue of Valley Voices,Gyroscope Review, Kentucky ReviewShot Glass Journal, and Night Owl

Colodney lives in Boynton Beach, Florida with his wife, three sons, and their Golden Retriever.

 

 

 

 


Spring 2017 »

Under the Cherry Moon
by David Colodney


I’m not sure if this poem is about Prince
or this girl I once loved who loved Prince
a girl who would whisper “if only it would rain purple”
with each torrential summer downpour
that kept us in the bedroom of her garage apartment
listening to Prince records on a Radio Shack turntable
until the skies cleared and the candy sunrays through the clouds
really did make the sky seem purple.

I’m not sure yet if this poem is about Prince
or this girl I once loved who loved Prince,
a girl who Facebook tells me turned 44 today,
glitter girl of the early 90s-turned-soccer-mom of 2,
singing Taylor Swift songs to her kids in the car
so they think she’s cool, as she drives them from parties to practices,
but who goes back to listening
to Prince after they slam the car door shut.


I’m not sure yet if this poem is about Prince
or this girl I once loved who loved Prince
but here in my paisley crib
as side two of Controversy glides into the runoff grooves
on that same Radio Shack turntable,
I sit here aging under what might be a cherry moon,
waiting for the purple rain to fall.

 


 

David Colodney ~

 

 

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