night trane



unjails cyclical knowledge rolling a bi-continental brain

frees the spirit as a river liberates dirt it erodes from banks.

thought processes flow again.

makes some slow sense of you and me and i start to laugh out loud and smile to myself

rockin to a Vibe

coltrane is a healer.

after collective folk

have had their day

on my head,

i let the blue trane run through at night.

only freedom train i know.

Jacquese Armstrong, author of blues legacy (2019), was the recipient of the 2019 Naomi Long Madgett Poetry award. Her work has been published in midnight & indigo, For Harriet, OC87 Recovery Diaries, A Gathering of the Tribes and Ourselves Black among others.