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Archetype of a Soulsinger
by M. R. B.
Friday, July 08, 2005
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Sometimes you meet someone who exudes a dynamic energy coming from an inner flame that burns through their gaze while their pens set fire to their words.

I composed this piece many months ago and I included it in my Blog but many people do not read Blogs. So in honor of Aberjhani's birthday I decided to share it with the world.


Archetype of a Soulsinger
I saw a man  whose eyes  
burned craters in my spirit.
Whose stories, born in his magnetic gaze, told me he
knew intimately the tormenting anguish of falling off
revelations onto corroded  spears of ugly  truths. Looking
into  his eyes  I saw  visions of  blood running though
streets of malignant sorrows where people were gunned
down by bullets of despair, oppression, bigotry, greed.
This enigmatic soulsinger turned the blood of malignant
sorrows into sweet  golden wine with sagacious words
he penned on the open wings  of crooning skylarks
dressed in black.* The mystical genesis of his words was
forged from rivers of ancestral blood that flowed from
the painted sunsets of an ancient untamed Africa to the
concrete jungles of an urban Savannah and every ocean,
sky, womb, grave, truth and lie in between.

Everywhere streets littered with bodies distorted  with 
hatred and his words,like crimson roses, fell from laughing
skies fertilizing the barren seeds of joy, love and  peace 
within each mutilated body of hatred they touched. His
allegories painted visions of radiant miracles of  pulchritudinous
promises dancing naked on the lap of megalomania while 
manifesting a blooming christmas tree from horrific memories
of unbearable tragedy.The power in his words purged
clean the weeping holes of festering gut wounds made by
oxic  kisses sucked dry  by lovers and enemies who cried
and died in his shadow with half closed eyes. This bard's
metaphors  will  be your  salvation  when  your scars  talk
maximum shit to your face. 

His parables penetrate, permeate, pierce like roots of ancient
venerable trees that thrust through the crust down to the core
forever searching for the luminous waters of living knowledge.
His words lush as any verdant crown stretching over my world
of falling leaves veined with wisdom, dropping little seeds of 
recognition that whispered to my aura: I know you.We've dodged
the same bullets of despair and oppression swam in the same
black clotted blood of sorrow. We are mirrored experiences
manifesting through words on the pages of Time.

The meanings behind the words from this enigmatic bard split
into diverse cultures of themselves becoming incandescent
civilizations of thought that evolved into epic histories of
understanding showing how without hatred love cannot bloom,
without chaos peace cannot reign, without sorrow joy cannot
grow, without darkness light cannot shine. This soulsinger 
whose penned words shaped those crimson roses that fell
from laughing skies, raining  shiny  beginnings on rueful
endings, silenced the wailing horizons with kisses of  peace 
cascading from his heart to the tips of his fingers.

The soulsinger, Aberjhani.
©  2005 MRD

*To personalize the above poem written to honor his prodigious writing, the italicized phrases, titles and metaphors were taken from the various works of Aberjhani and belong to him.


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Reviewed by Jeff Mason 3/19/2007
An absolutely stunning tribute! Where have your words been all my life? Sometimes... to see the light, we must traverse the darkness. (I'm sure someone must have said that already, but your words made me say it just now). I love every bit of this endearing tribute. -- Jeff
Reviewed by Robert Harrison 10/2/2006
I loved it, but this old codger will have to stick to what his old worn out brain can cope with.
Reviewed by Barbara Terry 12/17/2005
I agree with Vesna and Pea. Aberjhani is truly great. His words will live on in history forever. Thnx for sharing Mari, this is beautiful. May the Lord Jesus bless you, and those whom you love, and be with you always, and at your side constantly. With much love in my heart, stubborn and determined to a fault, joy to the world, peace on earth, & ((((((((((MANY WONDERFUL SISTERLY HUGGGGSSSS)))))))))), your still sad and terrified little sister, Barbie

"If I have to be this girl in me, Then I may as well be."
Reviewed by Vesna Vanessa 10/25/2005
Glorious..he truly is exceptional..I love his work as well..he is a mighty warrior for the Light!

Reviewed by Phyllis Jean Green 10/22/2005
TOO good. You truly sing from the soul. Every soul in touch
with itself is bound to be in anguish. Bless you for having
the courage and insight to stay in touch with yours. Many
(if not enough) of ours. Peace and Love, Phyllis
Reviewed by Huda Orfali 9/3/2005
Lucky him
wonderful write
Reviewed by Gwen Dickerson 8/27/2005
Where have I been? I missed this brilliant and original tribute! Truly an award winning one befitting such a grand poet/write as Aberjhani! Wishing the best in life, to both of you writers!
Reviewed by Dale Clark 8/25/2005
Outstanding tribute, Mari!
So very good.
Reviewed by L. Figgins 8/24/2005
I didn't miss Aberjhani's birthday, but I did miss this incredible tribute to one of our finest poets! This poem is alive and pulsates with depth. Truly inspired, Mari...
Reviewed by Muhammad Al Mahdi 7/19/2005
God, this is terribly well done. What a richness of thought and feeling! "Incandescent cicvilizations of thought"--- I'm sure brother Aberjhani will enjoy it. He deserves every line of it.

Love and blessings
Reviewed by Kate Clifford 7/12/2005
Fantastic tribute.
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 7/11/2005
Absolutely glorious tribute to an exceptional poet...BY an exceptional poet! BRAVA, Maria!

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla. :)
Reviewed by Letitia Blount 7/11/2005
Bravo! Great write.
Reviewed by Bhuwan Thapaliya 7/11/2005
A great tribute for a wonderful poet...great n luck...BHUWAN!!!!
Reviewed by Paul Williams 7/11/2005
An execeptionally stunning tribute for an exceptional poet, superb Mari.

Reviewed by Roger Ochs 7/10/2005
In the middle of a solo, many jazz players "quote" from another song. You have caught that free riff so well.
Reviewed by Mark Rockeymoore 7/10/2005
wow. that is a powerful tribute to a man who is all that you say ... thank you for sharing!
Reviewed by jude forese 7/10/2005
a vividly quilled poem of an exceptional poet ... a really wonderful tribute ...
Reviewed by Janet Caldwell 7/9/2005
Much our Aberjhani, enjoy the colors, music and your muse.
Happy Birthday...JC

Janny xoxoxo
Reviewed by Kate Burnside 7/9/2005
I have to totally endorse the evident awe and admiration of Eileen here, Mari! THIS IS TOTALLY AWESOME, STUNNING AND BREATHTAKING! Not only - if it were possible! - have you captured what we know of the soul of the man of heart and soul, but you have also captured the spirit and sentiment of his written flavour and style in your wholly glowing and worthy, spot-on tribute. And, like Eileen, this is the best tribute piece I have seen anywhere. You are at your very shining best in this write, Mari, I think, and it is easy to see how and why you are inspired. I am in out-and-out admiration here. Bless you and thank you for your loving support on my pages today. I greatly appreciate it. LOL and fab to have you back! Kate xx
Reviewed by Sandra Mushi 7/9/2005
What an outstanding tribute! Beautiful!!

God bless, Mari - and again happy birthday Aberjhani!!

Reviewed by Carole Mathys 7/8/2005
A most beautiful, eloquent tribute...
Reviewed by Maria Lupinacci 7/8/2005

This is absolutely gorgeous! I am appluading and in total agreement
with all of the beauty you have captured here! I also agree with Eileen...the tribute as well as the poem in itself are equally superb!
Reviewed by Andre Bendavi ben-YEHU 7/8/2005

A bountiful beautiful blissful composition...
A true "Archetype of a Soulsinger" to sing an artist
of the Verb that complies with the Major Artīs Mission.

I thank You, Sublime Poet for this, "Archetype of a Soulsinger"
to celebrate our beloved brotherīs day,
His Sublime Grace Poet Aberjhani.

Happy Birthday, Poet!

Andre Emmanuel Bendavi ben-YEHU
Reviewed by E T Waldron 7/8/2005
Mari. this is the single most beautiful tribute of any kind I have ever seen! I'm awestruck, by what you have written. It deserves some kind of award! Aberjhani does inspire , to be sure, but you have done a magnificent piece of work here. Brava!

Reviewed by Aberjhani 7/8/2005
That anything I've produced should have inspired these magical lines truly humbles me Honored Poet Mari D'India. Thank you for blessing my spiritual literary vision with your own and for blessing us all with the powerful songs of your beautiful soul. From one singer of the inner spheres of poetry and harmony to another, may much love, peace, and many blessings always be with you.
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 7/8/2005
A superbly composed poetic tribute, Mari. Thank you for sharing this lovely gift. It is good to see you back. Love and peace to you. Regis
Reviewed by Nordette Adams 7/8/2005
I read it back when you wrote it in your blog, Mari, and it is an outstanding piece of writing. You are such a gifted writer and your tribute to Aberjhani is beautiful. It's fitting that you posted it on his birthday. I don't know what's causing your line breaks problem. If the site admin doesn't get to it for you, I'll look at it a bit later. Much love, Nordette.
PS: Forgot. LOL. Happy Birthday, again, Aberjhani! Hehe.
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 7/8/2005
Wonderful tribute!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by George Carroll 7/8/2005
Aberjhani will be thrilled when he reads this marvelous tribute you have paid to him on his Birthday. This is a glowing tribute in words I could never find. Happy Birthday again to Aberjhani.
Reviewed by Retta (Reindeer) Mckenzie 7/8/2005
This is an outstanding tribute to an excellent poet/writer. Beautifully written!

Reviewed by M. B. 7/8/2005
I have fiddled and fiddled with this to get the layout the way I actually wrote it... but the only way I can get the lines to stop splitting up is to make the font smaller... which I am not going to do, but it is why I use small font. I can't figure out how to make the lines stop splitting... The Blog, where this piece can also be found, is small font but the lines are not spilt up...

~ Mari
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 7/8/2005
mari, he IS a soul singer, one of the best of the best! beautiful tribute to a man i am happy to call a friend! again, happy birthday, aberjhani!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in tx., karen lynn. :D

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