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Kiss The Sky

Dropped some purple haze with Jimi -
we created castles out of polished beach glass,
then we fused with acid-laced clouds.

Kissed the sky
so high.

Jimi started bawling,
his torrential tears washed us down and out to sea.
Each drop of water became a pixel,
until reality morphed into a painting of musical notes,
and the music transformed back into a fresh reality.
There wasn't any more doubt
whether we were experienced now -- and how.

The tide washed us up into heavy crosstown traffic.
Jimi wandered down Voodoo Blvd,
I became a hoodoo child
gobbling up sugar cubes filled with liquid sunshine.
I watched the yellow cabs race by,
watched the heavy metal race by.

Jimi was jacked into electric ladyland,
his radiant smile, hiding pain
and covering other people's lies.
Even so, Jimi believed in his message,
sincerity set him apart from the crowd,
which is why he made sure
not to let his smile, wither and die.
But the more that his manager pushed,
the more that Jimi's pusher came....

Jimi was hypnotized by the flashbulbs of fame,
attempting to out-run a childhood filled with shame -
blowing out speaker stacks
with that twisted pedal magic,
spellbinding incantations
vibrated from his guitar,
making love to the sky with rainbow hues
of acid rock-induced rolling blues.

Jimi simply wanted someone to love him back
even half as much as he could,
for Jimi's love was honest and hard,
with wings waiting to be released
into a world not yet ready to be fully free.

Kissed the sky.

Kiss the sky
so high.

2013 "I Love You Like Sky" Remix
May 20th, 2013


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  1. Date: 7/28/2013 7:04:00 AM
    Hey, now this one I could get into because I could guess right away it was Hendrix. And the whole surreal stuff makes sense with that guy!! chris, my ice cube tray make cubes a little bigger than cubes with one inch sides. I just let it sit in the palm of my hand and it took a whole twenty min. to totally dissolve!!

  1. Date: 6/18/2013 8:56:00 AM
    Oh bloody hell you sure move me (an old bugger) with your poetry,, the man may be dead as, but these words sure resurrect his very being,,, Oh and the poetry as usual is amazing.....

  1. Date: 6/16/2013 6:54:00 PM
    Your ability to weave the fate of Jimi Hendrix and paint a picture of what his life was probably like really puts the reader in the life of the legend. Excellent use of "Kiss the Sky". Surreal talent :)

  1. Date: 6/1/2013 8:48:00 PM
    Very nice poem.

  1. Date: 5/28/2013 6:15:00 AM
    Oh...and yeah, I get a kick outta that booger poem too! HA!

  1. Date: 5/28/2013 6:13:00 AM Jimi. You said so much more about him...almost like you knew him. So Cool!

  1. Date: 5/26/2013 11:58:00 AM
    All they want is to be recognized, to be acknowledged, loved, appreciated, accepted...the eternal quest of so many of the gifted seek, and never seem to find....dying without peace of mind, because they haven't accepted themselves, perhaps? What another amazing are one of the best here....a pleasure to read.

  1. Date: 5/24/2013 10:58:00 AM
    Hendrix for LIFE! True story, I play Crosstown Traffic & Stone Free PROUDLY on my Rock Band 3 game. LOL Fantastic piece! It's damn awesome to read you again! Shame on me for not coming by here sooner!

  1. Date: 5/22/2013 3:03:00 AM
    This beauty goes to my favs Chris..I can keep reading it all over and over and over-Charma

  1. Date: 5/21/2013 6:19:00 PM
    "When I'm sad, she comes to me / With a thousand smiles, she gives to me free / It's alright she says it's alright / Take anything you want from me / Anything / Fly on little wing..." -- <3 like sky :)

  1. Date: 5/21/2013 4:20:00 PM
    Jimi would love this--no, is lovin this Chris--excellent tribute! Well she's walking through the clouds With a circus mind that's running round Butterflies and zebras And moonbeams and fairy tales That's all she ever thinks about Riding with the wind.

  1. Date: 5/21/2013 7:12:00 AM
    I love this one, Chris. It reminds me of another of yours I have read in the past, yet I am sure this one is a bit different. I guess you could say that I loved Jimi, in any way that a person at such a distance could love another, yet often have felt that we were of one heart. I am putting this one into my favs! Thanks! hugs, Catie :)