Sunday, August 14, 2011

Poem: In Texas Grass by Quincy Troupe

Transcircularities: New & Selected Poems   All along the rail
                                road tracks of texas
                               old train cars lay
                               rusted &overturned
                              like new african governments
                             long forgotten by the people
                              who built & rode them
                                till they couldn't run no more,
                              they remind me of old race horses
                             who've been put out to pasture
                            amongst the weeds
                            rain sleet &snow
                            till they die,rot away
                            like photos fading
                           in grandma's picture book,
                         of old black men in mississippi/texas
                         who sit on dilapidated porches,
                        that fall away
                       like dead man's skin,
                      like white people's eyes
                     &on the peeling photos,
                      old men sit sad -eyed
                      waiting,waiting for
                       worm dust,thinking of
                    the master&his long forgotten promise
                   of 40 acres & a mule,
                    & even now,if you pass across
                    the bleeding flesh ever-
                     changing landscape,
                     you will see the fruited
                     countryside, stretching, stretching,
                    old black men,&young black men
                      sitting on  porches
                      waiting, waiting for rusted
                     trains in texas grass
                     

5 comments:

Sidne,the BCR said...

hI, I notice you post poems from time to time. there is a blog hop for the week end that is called poem in your post. it starts on friday or saturday morn. check it out, she will love for you to join. I will start back to posting mine also.
http://whatsheread.blogspot.com/2011/08/poem-in-your-post-gratitude-to-old.html

bookaddict4real said...

thanks for telling me I didn't know.

Anonymous said...

Howdy, I am a teacher in Alaska. In my class we have been comparing and contrasting "In Texas Grass" with Steve Goodman's song "City of New Orleans." Could this be a case of copyright infringement or plagiarism? If plagiarism, then who copied whom? Troupe's copyright came first in 69 but Goodman was right behind in 71. Is there any known connection?

Anonymous said...

Just read the poem and I know the song well...doesn't appear there is much commonality besides a line or two. Probably no connection...unless Goodman was known to read Trope.

fm00078 said...

Goodman plagiarizing? I don't see it at all. A word here and there sure bit if that's the case then every song is of someone else's.
I'd like to hear Quincy Troupe "In Texas Grass" but no one has it uploaded to YouTube. Would be interesting to hear what the melodies are. Besides, that too many artists used another tune to write a different chord or stanza, It's called musical procession, nothing more.
.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Poem: In Texas Grass by Quincy Troupe

Transcircularities: New & Selected Poems   All along the rail
                                road tracks of texas
                               old train cars lay
                               rusted &overturned
                              like new african governments
                             long forgotten by the people
                              who built & rode them
                                till they couldn't run no more,
                              they remind me of old race horses
                             who've been put out to pasture
                            amongst the weeds
                            rain sleet &snow
                            till they die,rot away
                            like photos fading
                           in grandma's picture book,
                         of old black men in mississippi/texas
                         who sit on dilapidated porches,
                        that fall away
                       like dead man's skin,
                      like white people's eyes
                     &on the peeling photos,
                      old men sit sad -eyed
                      waiting,waiting for
                       worm dust,thinking of
                    the master&his long forgotten promise
                   of 40 acres & a mule,
                    & even now,if you pass across
                    the bleeding flesh ever-
                     changing landscape,
                     you will see the fruited
                     countryside, stretching, stretching,
                    old black men,&young black men
                      sitting on  porches
                      waiting, waiting for rusted
                     trains in texas grass
                     

5 comments:

Sidne,the BCR said...

hI, I notice you post poems from time to time. there is a blog hop for the week end that is called poem in your post. it starts on friday or saturday morn. check it out, she will love for you to join. I will start back to posting mine also.
http://whatsheread.blogspot.com/2011/08/poem-in-your-post-gratitude-to-old.html

bookaddict4real said...

thanks for telling me I didn't know.

Anonymous said...

Howdy, I am a teacher in Alaska. In my class we have been comparing and contrasting "In Texas Grass" with Steve Goodman's song "City of New Orleans." Could this be a case of copyright infringement or plagiarism? If plagiarism, then who copied whom? Troupe's copyright came first in 69 but Goodman was right behind in 71. Is there any known connection?

Anonymous said...

Just read the poem and I know the song well...doesn't appear there is much commonality besides a line or two. Probably no connection...unless Goodman was known to read Trope.

fm00078 said...

Goodman plagiarizing? I don't see it at all. A word here and there sure bit if that's the case then every song is of someone else's.
I'd like to hear Quincy Troupe "In Texas Grass" but no one has it uploaded to YouTube. Would be interesting to hear what the melodies are. Besides, that too many artists used another tune to write a different chord or stanza, It's called musical procession, nothing more.
.

.

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