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'Jimi's Star Spangled Banner

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'Jimi's Star Spangled Banner

The open window's single glazed pane rattles
in tune to the vibe of a steel guitar. The twelve
by twelve dorm room seethes with hormones and
dust bunnies.

Though the morning's light is barred full entrance to
the room by the buildings overhang and the western
exposure; the nicotine and marijuana stained drop-shades
defy the glare, scratching edgily to the Stratocaster’s reverb.

A backwash of blues, overlaid with the likes of a 
pipe organ’s squeal, wretches sleep from drug addled
brainpans. As a bushy-haired black man's long fingers
pluck a machine gun's ratatat tat and a Hueys blade thwop.

“Oh say can you seeeeeeeeeeee….” echos off the vinyl through 
the ether and into future draftees hung-over dreamscape,
A proud, cursing, sacrilegious rendition.

“by the dawns early light ...

Feather pillows plop over shoulder-length hair as " the bombs
bursting in air ... The musical phrase hits a long-noted pause as
visions of napalmed children scream through the Daliesque dream.
into the reality of Jimi’s throng.

“o’er the land of the free ... and the home of the brave.”

Copyright © Debbie Guzzi

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  1. Date: 3/26/2015 2:30:00 PM
    Hey! I read this once…or twice. Before. But I'm back today because, well the title. And…everyone needs a scream now and then. 'specially napalm.

  1. Date: 7/25/2009 3:00:00 AM
    Congrats on your success in Michele's contest Debbie.Rgds Brian

  1. Date: 7/19/2009 8:44:00 AM
    Always awesome! Warmest congrats on a most excellent win! Love, Shar

  1. Date: 7/19/2009 8:03:00 AM
    Such a wrenching reminder of Woodstock!! Great job and well deserving win! ~ Carrie

  1. Date: 7/19/2009 6:58:00 AM
    great victory in the contest! Deb! this poem is chilling still! jim

  1. Date: 5/9/2009 11:11:00 AM
    Nice poem, I was thinking it was jimi, and at the bottom, there he was lol,

  1. Date: 4/23/2009 8:27:00 AM
    Dear Light & LOVE Deborah, Excellent write on a phenomenal musician Good Luck in Brian's Contest LENORE and I Sitting on the bank of the natural amphitheater under the influence of Brown Windowpane, Listening to "Jimmy" play his versionof THE Star-spangled Banner Thanks for the Memories ALWAYS YOURS..HG

  1. Date: 4/21/2009 12:44:00 PM
    wow.... I love it my mom would have love it to ... and thanks for the comments

  1. Date: 4/20/2009 1:31:00 PM
    I really enjoyed reading poem! Awesome job! - darkpoet

  1. Date: 4/19/2009 10:34:00 AM
    This is good. It is a great choice for Brian's contest. Good Luck. God Bless you. Love, Dane PS Thanks for your comments on my poem.

  1. Date: 4/17/2009 4:43:00 PM
    Loved this poetry.... about one of the greatest woodstock ever.. so I heard. I WANT MY BOOK! and I want autographed too, and if you can? mail me a slice of cake too cause you look like you can bake. LOL. Enjoy your day.

  1. Date: 4/17/2009 1:57:00 PM
    oh, and the title is awesome!!!!

  1. Date: 4/17/2009 1:56:00 PM
    great "boots on the ground" look at a legend! good job! Hippie Chick!! ; ) you really did let it loose on this incredibly vivid the sound "Hueys blade thwop!!" can remember the news-reels and my older brother's friends "comin' home in a box, or completely insane" you captured it, Deborah! nice! Jim