Tribute to David Bowie
He was a thin White Duke
With a piercing blue gaze,
He used a mystical form of lyrical composition to cause
His music to flow and pulse
With many different meanings.
His process could predict our future and reflect on our
Watching the flashing green light at the end
Of the dock
With Gatsby, as Tom looks on, he consults with the glittering stars,
What would 1984 bring to us?
Maybe another Fight Club…
Winding down in the City of the Night,
As he rests, and remains dying alone in bed, dreaming of Blue Beard’s Castle
And what is happening in Berlin, Paris, and many other glittering cities.
A blast from inside a Whale passes over a sailor who fell from Greece
Into the unknown darkness at Noon.
The black boy is the Stranger that watches the Infants in the Spring
As the Song’s lines become a Lolita with his Master drinking his Margarita in
Wasteland spreads as Money, Strange People, and Outsiders perform during
An Age of American Unreason causing Raw White Noise and the street contains
No Wonder Boys.
The Metropolitan Life reveals The Bridge that leads to the Coast of Utopia
where All the Emperor’s Houses graze and The Bird Artist designs among them.
With Nowhere to run, the Earth’s Powers consult the 42nd Parallel.
In Cold Blood, teenagers on the road, murder past loves and create vile
Bodies before the Hidden Persuaders can intervene, and they fall to Dante’s Inferno
As The Leopard, and they witness A People’s Tragedy.
His shadow passes over A Grave for a Dolphin and his Journey becomes
The Whirlwind with The Gnostic Gospels spreading The Insult after their morning
Rituals conclude and close.
A Private Eye reads a magazine about the 1960’s automobiles in the office of Hitchens & Barnes,
While the whistle of a Parrot Echoes off the Cabinet of Wonders.
The Starman is Dancing in the Streets with Jean Genie and Absolute Beginners,
As the China Girl
Spreads Ashes to Ashes of Heroes while daydreaming of Modern Love,
Changes make her Wild as The Wind, and her Golden Years arrive, As the World Falls Down.
Five years ago on Valentine’s Day,
The Stars presented his Mojo with Prestige through a Labyrinth as Mr. Lawrence looked on
Filled with The Hunger for Serious Moonlight, thinking where is Ziggy Stardust now?
–J. E. Cook © 2016