You Are All Invited to the Fantasy #Throwback Thursday

I am
transported
beyond aerosphere 
to starbursts 
of promised land
I step into 
a celestial vault
explode into
a million moonbeams
no, sunbeams
no, nimbi
where am I
with Pi in the sky
no, some other cosmic abode
with diamonds
no, cherries
no, bijous
in the fat palms of deities


while the band surrender 
to the sorcery 
of euphonious
third eye plane 
ever-seeing
my inner domain 
now the trumpet speaks
a conversation 
with the brass section
breaks it down
right down
and the brass goes yeah
I feel you
while the piano butts in  
but can only agree 
as all are one 
in the family tree.

I’m in the indigo 
underworld
swirling streams 
thought bombs
beguile my dreams 
while men float 
in ether soup
telepath me
in puzzling tongues 
the cobra
knows not the answer
yet trusts implicitly 
where to go
while the auricle
hears whole 
and separate
all at once.

My African dream
spins in the cosmic 
orbs of firmament
I’m a little bit
just a tiny bit 
closer
to some kind
of seventh heaven
thank you
monkey man
you fathomed
the Sphinx’s riddle
sun god understands 
and the divinities
of fluent geometry
sense you rumble 
through Geb desert earth 
course across
Nut starry sky.

© N Nazir 2022


*Originally written last year for napowrimo poetry prompt for April 1st: to write a response to the animated version of Seductive Fantasy by Sun Ra and his Arkestra. I thought I’d finally share it (unedited) and kill two birds with a Throwback Thursday.

*Shared for dVerse Open Link Night, hosted by Mish.

Can I Have Extra Cheese Please? #Throwback Thursday

This song is my guilty pleasure. Not that it’s such an unlikely pairing because I quite like that about it. It’s Bryan Adams goddamnit, BA being all angsty in guyliner and banging the wall in frustration because he can’t see the object of his desire. For some reason, that really does it for me. Just stop it, Bryan! What are you doing to me?! Pacing the house like that with your sultry eyes!! Stop it!

And of course, the charming Mel C. I won’t hear a word against the Spice Girls. They were questionable in all the right ways.

Also, this is a banger! It totally works. It’s not just catchy, it’s actually good. You think it shouldn’t work, it’s not going to work, and then it does. Am I right? Go on, naysayers, say your piece! Having said that, I’m not a fan of Bryan Adam’s music in general. Though he does have a lovely gravelly croon.

What’s your guilty pleasure? (preferably music-related, please). Is there a song you’re a little bashful to admit you like? Go on, tell me. No judgement here 🙂

© N Nazir 2022