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Musical Ex

Musical Ex

I live music diversly,
from Stevie Wonder
to the Black Eyed Peas
Grab a lick from Fats Waller
on my way to Tchaicovsky
Throw a party for Nancy Wilson
and invite the Ernie Scott Trio
just so I can tell them all
that Ray Charles
and Della Reese are my heroes.
And while Ella and Sachmo are blowing a riff
I'll sit back while Tupac and Biggie Smalls start to spit
and just when you thought
Jazz and Hip Hop
were the limit of my taste
I'll ask Willie Nelson and John Mayer
to nicely put you in your place
'cause I was raised on Parliment
with a side order of The Who.
My 8 track played back Led Zepplin
followed by Christopher Cross and his crew.
I banged booties with Bootsy
but Teddy P. helped get them in bed.
Michael swooned them,
Al Jareau crooned 'em,
and Gill Scott Herron got ALL IN their head.
ZZ Top rocked my ride
right next to Run DMC
and without Tony Bennet
there's no way I could be me.
So engrossed is my passion for music and prose
that Babara Streisand, and Mozart,
and yes I suppose
my stack would not be complete without
Ray, Goodman, and Brown.
And I love old school beats
replayed with new school sounds...
Ahh... my head can get spinnin'
dizzy pleasures as I troop
through this delicate balance of musical soup
so don't think that you know me,
cause I'm way too complex.
To you it's Jazz, Rock, or Hip Hop,
but to me
it's just musical ex!

© 2009 John M. Swails

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Dusk Comes

Dusk Comes

Inevitably dusk comes…

and so it stands at end of day;

after man's glory fades

and all the choruses of praise

have gone,

did what I had to say

have any merit?

Was I truthful in and out of season

whether or not those listening

wanted to hear it?

Did I celebrate or grieve the Holy Spirit?

Did my words minister to

the wounds who

prey upon their victims?

Did I give love to mother,… Continue

Posted on January 19, 2009 at 10:03pm — 3 Comments

November 5th

November 5th

November 5th and

I feel dif–frent…

I look in the mirror and my reflection

has some how changed…

I had to explain why

to my lighter, whiter, brothers and sisters,

who have never missed an


never been 1/3 of a man

or been told they can’t

just because of the color of their skin…

never felt like they were on the outside

lookin’ in…

despite accomplishments,

quietly swept under… Continue

Posted on November 5, 2008 at 9:30pm

HIS Divine Intervention

HIS Divine Intervention

We be

the invisible tree of life;

the essence of all humanity

divine in our original purity.

Before all other men

made HE we!

In HIS image

we reflect

and even after the fall

through the blood of His son

we return retrospect

to our original form.

Please do not be confused

by the rage of the storm

for its walls merely… Continue

Posted on September 23, 2008 at 10:30pm

Beautiful Brown Hope

Beautiful Brown Hope

I am that which blends

the best the heavens have to offer

with the most earthly of thoughts.

Wisdom, passed down from the best

of what my ancestor's taught,

in constant negotiation with self.

My identity, as unimportant

as it is complex, yet

nothing is left

without my name upon it;

sharing its place with

so many names and faces before… Continue

Posted on August 19, 2008 at 10:00pm — 1 Comment



Oh say can you see the

scars from past history,

you so cleverly

ask me

to conceal?

“It’s the past… get past it.”

But you forget, that

I’ve been branded

and every time I look in the mirror,

or see my face in the news,

or my application is refused because of my color,

I’m reminded.

You criticize me for not taking hold of my destiny

But you’re the one… Continue

Posted on August 4, 2008 at 10:00pm

Black Ghost

Black Ghost

I am

the modern version

of the invisible man,

a black mist,

visible only to the necessities of

those ruling with selective vision;

imprisoned within

an extended jail cell

just expansive enough to allow

selective amenities.

I am equal but separated

by convenient financial barriers

and limited information,

the lack of which is used to… Continue

Posted on April 26, 2008 at 10:30pm — 2 Comments

My Haven

My Haven

Day to day events

leave my perceptions subdued -

rational thinking overwhelmed by

a survival mode mentality.

Not really my fault;

although preparation could have

delayed my succumbing;

instead circumstance serves

a numbing desert to

an already sparse meal…

and that was just breakfast.

Depression is hell bent

on stealing my mood.

But, I’m… Continue

Posted on January 23, 2008 at 10:30pm

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At 5:53pm on May 2, 2009, Daniel said…
Hey John,
I'm flight instructing out here in South Carolina. Unfortunately not pushing any large tin around the skies yet. How about yourself?
At 7:31am on April 2, 2009, LovelyNspiration said…
Hi John,

thanks for the compliment on the pics. Yes they are my work and yes it is one of my professions.

Come back periodically, as I post more.

At 3:37pm on February 13, 2009, / Car Emblems said…

Hi JohnSwails,

Stopping by to say hi. It is always good to meet and greet so I am sending you my greetings.

Please if you support President Barack Obama even after the election please join the group. I am still supporting President Obama Group - Join Now!!!!!!!!

Talk to you soon.

Take Care.


At 4:35pm on February 2, 2009, JohnnyChampagne said…
I don't have major bank. But I would be interested . Now let me say this. I'm in the medical field. Right hand to published physicians , up an coming cardiologist. Point is, these guys fly all the time. Their going commercial. I'm in Charleston SC. We have three major hospitals , I'm affiliated with them all . Tell you what . If you're interested
At 11:54pm on January 29, 2009, JohnnyChampagne said…
Yo, John and family . Please forgive me , I just read the others post . Seems there are other pilots reading you as well. I'm wondering , why not start "Our Thang We fly" . Why not remember FUBU , For Us By Us ? Why can't we have an airline? S*** we're used to getting by on less. Run it like a taxi. No nothing. Go from A to B .. Just thinking...
At 11:43pm on January 29, 2009, JohnnyChampagne said…
What's up blood , ( not in that gang way ) for those who don't know back in the day . We called eachother "blood" . On a family tip. Like cousin. Anyway Thanks for responding to my page....Stay safe in them skys...
At 3:50pm on January 26, 2009, BlkCigarCzar said…
John, I'm same boat trying to look, find, and land the right job with a company that's going to be there a few years from now. No hiring where I'm at but I try to keep an eye on the forums and some blogs to get an idea about what the industry is doing. If I see anything I'll hit you up! Are you a former Mesa guy?
At 12:21pm on January 26, 2009, BlkCigarCzar said…
Hey John, Another brother in the sky I'm checking in too!!! Who's up? LADYCOP is putting in work to bring the aviators together. Has anybody run across any fellow officers for her?
At 12:31pm on December 15, 2008, LADYCOP said…
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Whats up brother hope you have a great holiday season ok and please add Guenter Heyes the pilot when u get a chance ok. thanks....much luv to ya
At 10:23am on December 11, 2008, LADYCOP said…
Hey John I have a pilot that i would like to ask you to befriend and send a request to. His name is Guenter Heyes. I think he could use some more pilot friends. He only has Manwell P. So could you please req him as a friend. You dont know me but im req you as a friend and i'll explain everything. Have a good day ok.


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