The Spiritual Godfather

An homage to Lawrence Ferlinghetti, with phrases found in his New York Times obituary:

At the end of his life,
the spiritual godfather
at dawn
starts wailing:
Sharp humor and social consciousness
like Galilee,
like smoke.


Poem © 2021 by Magical Mystical Teacher

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Posted on February 24, 2021, in poetry, Poets & Storytellers United, The Whirligig and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 16 Comments.

  1. Oh, I didn’t know Ferlinghetti had left us. (How is it I have always felt so much affection for someone I never met?) Thank you for the link to the obit, too. Your tribute is absolutely beautiful, and an exemplary use of this form.

  2. Admirable tribute, Teach, for the man whose work triggered my birth as a poet more than half a century ago. And to do so in the pronpted form is even more amazing. Great stuff. Thanks.

  3. I like this one very much because the mini-poem is quite distinct from the overall poem, which is hard to do.

    • magicalmysticalteacher

      It was very difficult to do! I had to totally rewrite the poem this morning after it was automatically posted just after midnight. The original version just wasn’t working, and honestly, I was about to give up. Then things came together!

  4. I read of his passing this morning, not realizing his age. A long productive life …. your poem is lovely. I am still struggling with the form … LOL.

  5. Beverly Crawford

    How clever to do a homage in Waltmarie form. Well done!

    • magicalmysticalteacher

      Clever? Maybe. Difficult? Most definitely!

      On Wed, Feb 24, 2021 at 3:03 PM Magical Mystical Teacher wrote:


  6. Perhaps being a poet able to express oneself lets you relax enough to reach 100.

  7. I like the ending, like fireflies dissolve like smoke. This was a fun form to write?

  8. This is beautiful! “Fireflies dissolving” that is superb.

  9. If it’s any consolation, most of us seem to have found it quite difficult, yet we all managed it. I think yours is one of the best of our efforts.

    • magicalmysticalteacher

      Thank you, Rosemary, for the consolation and the kudos.

      On Wed, Feb 24, 2021 at 9:35 PM Magical Mystical Teacher wrote:


  10. 101 years old! A very nice homage to this poetic artist.

  11. This is seamless! Beautiful in each way it is read.

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