Singing A New Song

As most of you know, I love music.

Actually, I like to sing too but it’s more of a loud hum when I’m really into it. I suppose the notion of moving within music has always excited the hell out of me. When I was younger I grew into loving the trumpet; although at 34-years-old now, I was always jealous of the oboe. The sound of the oboe–although quacky at times, always stole the show and typically had the best solos and enticements within an orchestra setting. The oboe, in my opinion at the time, could do no wrong. Heck, we even tuned our instruments from her amazing beauty.

In many ways, I felt the oboe to be like me: an only child, extremely different, and of course, always the center of attention. However, and as fate dictated at the time, I fell in love with the trumpet and not because of the ability to call Reveille at o’dark thirty for 100 of my best neighbors.

See, I love all things that from one point to another can form into a beautiful something. In other words, I love to sing and hear music if only to be inspired to become greater in the experience.

So, I’m singing a new song because if anything, I get to see myself as the many layers of notes, colors, and shapes that make me me. That, my amazing friend, is where I begin to really live outside of myself.

M.C. Davis

Open

We
were once
dark
soldiers,
maneuvering
foot
in
front
of foot;
our
heads
nodding
to
a solid
rhythm
of
mud,
war,
and things
that
exist in
faded
colors.

We
later
chose
to retire
into
the
dark
night
and
find
solemn
words
outside
our
tough outer
shells.
We learned
words
of
a poet’s
choosing,
and
a walk
that gave
beauty
to
the body’s
ability
to
draw
back into
itself.
We
also learned
that
love
doesn’t
live
without
its four
walls,
and the night’s
tug
doesn’t
come
without
a price.

We opened
our
eyes
for the
first
time.

We allowed
the
light
to
pierce
in
between
the
indecision
to
be
human.

We opened.

M.C. Davis

Change Is A Little Footstool

Sit!
No,
move there,
but
don’t
slip
since I
may
not always
be
there
to catch
you.

Don’t
move
to
fast!
Listen,
but
don’t
gaze
too deeply
because
I
may not
always
be
there
to provide
that
view.

Now,
speak
up! But,
don’t
talk
too much
because
I
just
may
be the
quiet
one
that lingers
on
your
every
word.

M.C. Davis

Our First Place

Our
first place
just
woke
up
to
discussions
of
couch
placements,
door
handles,
and
love-making.
We’re
stepping
on
two feet
and
making
it
all up
as
we go
along;
because
it’s
a morning
where
I
get to
gaze
into
sleepy
eyes,
and
listen
to half-fading
speech,
and
kiss onto
pressed
lips;
like
jazz music
when
you
really need
it
too
simmer
those warm
days.
If
you
ain’t learned
anything
from
this
poet,
know
that
our first
place
didn’t
start
with a keyhole,
but
a
moment
where
our
love painted
the
sky
the colors
we
wanted.

M.C. Davis

5 Moves That Get You Into Hot Water

First of all, let me explain in full detail that I’m no expert in any particular moves that can potentially grab your ankles for the invariable choke hold. So, if you so happen to stumble down a path of saying or doing the items listed below, please know that no matter how many books about the “collective” you read, we may not be in this as together as you think. Jus’ sayin’…

However comma.

I do believe I’m an excellent candidate for having done most of these items and lived to tell about it; which makes my black ass more than capable of lending supportive words of wisdom to the small following I’ve managed to accumulate.

Okay. Ready. Set. Go.

1. Don’t ever make the mistake of telling someone you love that nothing really matters except that person. Everything matters especially when it comes to your boo boo bear not having a job and lounging about all day in the same pajamas you left them in the morning as you desperately try to beat rush-hour traffic.

2. Always ensure you keep your truths completely in sync. There’s nothing worse than figuring out that your lies are actually truths, and your truths are convincingly and arguably not so truthful.

3. When in doubt, always ask a reasonable question to someone whom you’ll expect a well thought out response. Nothing could be harsher than asking a yes man for an obvious and expected no response.

4. Don’t keep wearing the same pair of jeans and expecting a different feeling. Jeans are by far the most amazing feeling one can experience against bare skin, but leave it at that. We’re not all blessed to have a multitude of Cindy Crawfords to admire as we start our days sipping coffee with the New York times in tow.

5. When in love, keep the jerk factor to a cool minimum. One amazing trait we’ve all learned is the power to ignore. Most jerks fall deeply into this category.

So, all in all, listen to your gut and if life doesn’t afford you a gut to receive your much needed counsel, then listen to your best friend’s gut. Often, between the two, you’ll find a happy medium to lean your weary soul on.

Even if it means having to break the proverbial rule of using a preposition at the end of a sentence every now and then.

M.C. Davis

Closer To The Beginning

There’s a million ways to tell someone you love them.

If your’e lucky enough, you’ll get the chance to never have to remind them because your actions, and the weight within those actions, will speak for you.

If you really fancy your luck, your actions will sustain even the toughest of times. As we grow, we learn that not only do our actions pave the way to greener pastures, but our inactions graze as well. You know, those subtle moments where silence is loud as hell, or when you’re calling and the other person is calling at the same time. In my opinion, we’re very lucky to have one another to relate to, and we should be extremely proud to know that in everyone of us, the other side of life exists on the same plane. For essentially no cost, we get the chance to change our minds, or re-read a book that will affect us drastically the second time. We get to fall in love in more ways than we can count, and we get to allow ourselves to linger about aimlessly, without pause or regret for the sake of simply existing.

There are a million ways to die in our lifetime, but there are greater ways to live beyond what we’re told, taught, or otherwise led to believe.

So, get there but remember, there’s no rush and there’s absolutely no need to cut in line. Life has a funny way of showing you yourself when you least expect it.

We’re closer than you think.

M.C. Davis