ELEGANCE IN THE EXTREME (for Cecil Taylor) by Ntozake Shange.

elegance in the extreme
gives style to the hours
of coaxing warmth outta
no where
elegant hoodlums
elegant intellectuals
elegant ornithologists
elegant botanist
but elegance in the extreme helps most

the stranger who hesitates
to give what there is
for fear of unleashing madness
which is sometimes
uninvolved in contemporary mores
archetypal realities or graciousness
in absence of extreme elegance
madness can set right in like
a burnin gauloise on Japanese silk
even the silk must ask
how to burn discreetly…..

Ntozake Shange

Category: Love,