Dave Chappelle

Dave Chappelle photo by Evan Agostini


I love
Dave Chappelle
a wild free twinkle
in Earth’s
great eye.~aw


Martin would have laughed; Malcolm X, Moms Mabley, Che, Richard Pryor, George Carlin, Maya Angelou who understood so much, and loved Dave, would have laughed so hard. And many a church congregation; all those pious ladies hiding behind their fans! Not to put anyone down (since you could be next) but to breathe a sigh of relief that hilarity – that wild free thing! – was in the room! A niece recently reminded me that I wrote a poem with the line “the part of God that stings.” Part of “God” the “Ultimate Ancestor” does sting. And we can’t avoid that experience, it comes to all of us, since ultimately we cannot cancel reality. It is part of our journey and on our path. What do we do with it? Sitting before striking is very good for us. Though I once struck a boy named Charlie Welch for making fun of me because I was injured and it felt great. I was nine. ~aw