Calm & Aloof



Lightning bolt

Cracks & poof

Suddenly I am calm & aloof


Oh wily spirit dame

You’ve smoldered my hat

Oh smiley spirit dame

How’d you learn to do that?


I don’t remember standing-up

Some how in suit n’ tails dressed-up

Holding in my hand a silver tray all shined-up

on which sits a coffee pot & cup


Oh smily spirit dame

In flannel shirt & jeans

Oh wily spirit dame

How’d you find the means?


“Serve me”

Condescendingly says you

Sitting at a table that is ridiculously




The colossal

Cathedral inside a humble tent

Smiles like God

At the tail-end of Lent


The hot coffee I calmly aloofly pour

Like I’ve done this some place else before

“We’re equals.¬† You may sit too.”

Magnanimously says you


& I better believe

It’s true

As one coffee cup

Turns into two



Elvis Bojangles


Text Copyright Clyde Collins 2014

Black Bears Alaska copyright Ron Niebrugge



by Elvis Bojangles


I apologize for

being too free

being too me

& too blind to see


You’re mighty kind

sharing your mind

with the limitations of me

& offering equality


I cherish your gifts

your brain your madness

your body your soul

your gladness & sadness


It’s really too much

to say you are pure

beauty & truth

prevailing unto eternity


But that’s what you

appear to be

to a wanna-be butler

fading away on social security


(Copyright Clyde Collins 2016 Text)