Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Beyond John

Remembering John Lennon on a hot day in Mexico, 2015.

In that difficult weighted heat
of placid summer afternoons
in a tropical country
when the air is so thick that nothing can shift,
and not even a gnat or a mosquito is
buzzing the voice of God
into the sleeping ear
of “Beyond John”
who replaced Jesus
in the second half
of the twentieth century
in a smoky cannabis haze.
I remember, but not that well.

“Let it be!” “Let it be!”
the sound which is not there,
lighter than air,
echoes in the heavy humidity of reality
as the oceans
pound their wavey applause
on every beach in the unknown universe
and John walks on water
waiting for his cue.

“He´s here now!, He´s one now!!,”
Ed Sullivan announces,
“Still with us in this shimmering mirage
of reality after all this time.
A force so large,
so omniscient, that like God,
we must “imagine” him
to see him.”

And Mother Mary comes to me
holding a cupped hand to her ear listening,
“There will be an answer,”
she hears coming back,
“Let it be.”


— Russell Rosander


An artist and poet living in the Costalegre of Mexico, Russell Rosander is also a co-founder of the Bar None Group. Russell hosts weekly readings and discussions on poetry, art, music and literature...but mostly poetry at Chynna's Backstage Bar in Barra de Navidad, Mexico. You can find more of Russell's writing at Russell Rosander Short Stories. 

Russell has two limited edition volumes of poetry — The Creator is the Devil and Heart of One — available for purchase at his weekly Friday appearances at Hector's Corner Bar in Barra de Navidad. Copies are also available at Babalu's Café and Books in Melaque, Jalisco, Mexico.