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Drops that gather one by one finally become a sea.
"Zarreh zarreh jam garadad vangahi darya shavad".
A Persian Proverb

E'tokmit e'k, rangimarie, hedd, pace, tutquin, shanti, vrede, paquilisli, MNP, Onai rahu, amani, kev sib haum xeeb, salam, shaantiM, hedd, gutpela taim, lalyi, pesca, damai, raha, fred, eirni, pax, mir, peace, heiwa, amn, nabad, rauha,paz, frid, paco, shAnti, paqe, danh tu, ittimokla, rahu, paix, beke, shalom, mnonestotse, kapayapaan
Celebrating the World's Poetry of Peace


closing time
poem for nobody


from thingvellir iceland we came, vikings,
crossed the atlantic in open vessel, wooden ship,
past a statue shouting empty words, liberty,
crossed the appalachian mountains to kentucky, hillbillies,
the viking hillbilly apocalypse revue, not knowing tour,
headed west into the canyoned night, west kansas in an old ford,
sarah sees people, spirits,
knocking pulling on our doors at 3am, rest stop,
depart further into deep night, shooting stars,
colorado sunrise boulder buddhist naropa, university,
did buddha suggest a university where was jesus' church, wherever he was,
to woody creek hunter s thompson home, gonzo,
highway 133 backroads valleys mountain passes, telluride,
rosemerry and art goodtimes had by all, heart and lungs collapse,
climb mountains every one the last, america is an illusion,
america doesn't never did never will exist this poem is for nobody, closing time,
tear down the fences that bound the prairies, the mountains,
saw down the parking meters the beaches long, everglades big sur,
take back the plundered earth hold it, heal it,
your bosom your womb embrace, take it back,
there are no boundaries no fences no owners, never were,
never will be only beauty this world is full, brimming,
pregnant with beauty los alamos, evil,
take it back the deserts, mojave,
the mountains the prairies the plains, take kansas please,
take it all back it is yours, we have tortured it long enough,
let us all go to spirit school until we are, healed,
ready to return to the vast purple green blue beauty, earth,
no name can describe the majestic beauty, of this place,
mother where is this we are here now but only, a little longer,
till closing time which is two or eight years, or days,
away places we traversed called, colorado new mexico arizona california,
andy michael david james dean sarah, the heart of las vegas darkness,
mountain desert ocean deciduous evergreen, cactus,
a 2,700 sequoia years old largest living being, in the world,
where what place is this, why are we here,
except to live in peace harmony, not harm,
love embrace accept forgive grow our souls, be patient,
closing time has arrived, we had our chance,
and blew it, thread of hope remains,
desert winds howling screaming, tumbleweed,
this poem is hope full, written by who,
this poem is for no borders, no boundaries,
this poem is for nobody, it is for,
this poem is for the deserts the mountains the oceans the forests, majestic,
this poem this closing time poem is for, nobody,

Ron Whitehead
reflecting on The Not Knowing Tour
june 4, 2004



Searching For Abraham Lincoln

visited Springfield
flew to Louisville
drove Bardstown Road to
St. Catharine College
then on to The Starving Artist Café

Welcome to Springfield, Kentucky

wandered Main street side streets
lost for hours
small suitcase weighed down with
heavy words
The Emancipation Proclamation
The Gettysburg Address
Abraham Lincoln's words his works his life
biography of his boyhood
he was spiritual intuitive psychic

"That on the 1st day of January, A.D. 1863, all persons held as slaves…
shall be then, thenceforward, and forever free…"

and I'm searching for Abraham Lincoln
on Bardstown Road Beech Fork Lincoln Homestead

"Four score and seven years ago, our fathers brought forth upon this
continent a new nation: conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the
proposition that all men are created equal."

Welcome to Springfield, Kentucky Abraham Lincoln country

I walked Kentucky into the wind
dark and bloody ground
jewel in the lotus
heart of the world
holy triangle
Abbey of Gethsemani St. Catharine's St. Joseph's
Trappist monks Dominican nuns
coal mined bituminous gold nearly gone
smokestacks power plants largest shovel in the world
Native Americans pioneers farmers coal miners
strong women
poets writers musicians

in Kentucky music is mountainous

and I'm searching for Abraham Lincoln
the greatest President of them all
he saved us from ourselves

and here I am in Springfield
heart of Kentucky
Lincoln country

who will save us now

and I'm searching for Abraham Lincoln
maybe Edgar Cayce can help
modern day prophet
one of the great psychics of all time
and from Hopkinsville, Kentucky

maybe Muhammad Ali "The Greatest" from Louisville
maybe Muhammad Ali can point the way
with his International Peace Center

"float like a butterfly
sting like a bee"

oh Muhammad oh Muhammad
will you please help me cause

I'm searching for Abraham Lincoln

and the rivers and creeks of Kentucky
Ohio, Kentucky, Mississippi, Barren, Big Sandy, Rough, Elkhorn, Green
spray us with tears
of Mexican immigrants
who for forty days and forty nights have stood
in the fields outside America's door
knocking denied entry denied
Churchill Downs The Derby singing
"My Old Kentucky Home" knocking
on our doors pleading "let us come in"
"let us live in your beautiful Kentucky Home"

and I'm searching for Abraham Lincoln

walking up hills mountains The Knobs The Appalachians Natural Bridge
bowing to gravity
leaning backward with my long hair sweeping the path
as I descend the wind and the descent flatten me
and now my muscles are green and yellow and red pain
sustaining my search
drink wine and strong coffee
at The Starving Artist Café

and I'm searching for Abraham Lincoln

I want love to have its way
I want us to stand united not divided
One world One people together in peace and harmony

and searching for Abraham Lincoln
I crawl through Kentucky
so many diamonds I find birthed from the deep dark mines
Iroquois Cherokee Shawnee Tribes Daniel Boone Henry Clay
Abraham Lincoln
Elizabeth Madox Roberts James Still Bill Monroe
Loretta Lynn Muhammad Ali Hunter S. Thompson Johnny Depp
Harry Dean Stanton Ned Beatty Adolf Rupp
Rick Pitino Lionel Hampton Wendell Berry
John Jacob Niles Pee Wee Reese The Everly Brothers
Merle Travis Rosemary Clooney Edgar Cayce Robert Penn Warren
the literary renaissance Thomas Merton Judy Morris
Appalshop Bluegrass Bourbon Beautiful Women
My Old Kentucky Home Churchill Downs Louisville Slugger
The Great Outhouse Blowout Penn's Store Gravel Switch
Kentucky Fried Chicken Wildcats Cardinals

and as I search for Abraham Lincoln
I sit in The Starving Artist Café
on a rainy October day
drinking wine

why do men still drink wine
and women still water

beautiful paintings cover the walls
and yes when I give readings round the world
I hear 3rd world voices monks and nuns
Ernesto Cardenal Nicanor Parra
Daniel Berrigan Thomas Merton
Mother Teresa Judy Morris
The Dalai Lama
pierce the world's terrors chanting singing praying
for love
for peace

and I'm searching for Abraham Lincoln
"the one who'll shake the ones unshaken
the fearless one"

and searching for Abraham Lincoln
in the St. Catharine College Library
I look in Lawrence Ferlinghetti's yes San Francisco Ferlinghetti who stood
At Merton's grave with me
I look in Ferlinghetti's A Coney Island of the Mind and
Pictures of the Gone World
and I read

"Christ climbed down
from His bare tree
this year
and softly stole away into
some anonymous Mary's womb again
where in the darkest night
of everybody's anonymous soul
He awaits again
an unimaginable
and impossibly
Immaculate Reconception
the very craziest
of Second Comings."

and I'm standing in The Starving Artist Café
on Main Street in Springfield, Kentucky
the heart of Kentucky
the heart of the world
on this rainy October Tuesday
and the wind and the rain whisper
welcome welcome welcome
to Springfield

and I'm searching searching searching for Abe Honest Abe
searching for Abraham Lincoln
in Springield
welcome to Springfield, Kentucky USA

Ron Whitehead

presented Starving Artist Café
Springfield, Kentucky
October 15, 2002

copyright©2003 Ron Whitehead

copyright ©Ron Whitehead 2004

Ron Whitehead is busier than ever. For the past three years he has toured the USA and Europe with The Viking Hillbilly Apocalypse Revue. During that time ten new CDs and several books have been released including his KENTUCKY SUITE: BEAVER DAM ROCKING CHAIR MARATHON (books 1 & 2), KENTUCKY ROOTS (CD), KENTUCKY (CD with Sarah Elizabeth), KENTUCKY BLUES (with David Amram). Other new books include EVE & THE OPHIDIANS, EXTERMINATE NOISE (with Charlie Newman), and TWELVE KENTUCKY POETS. Other new CDs include I WILL NOT BOW DOWN (with Michael Pollock), EXTERMINATE NOISE (with Charlie Newman), ALLO, NOT MUTE, FROM ICELAND TO KENTUCKY & BEYOND, OFF THE CUFF, SWAN BOATS @ FOUR (with Paul K), THE SHAPE OF WATER (with James Walck), and THE VIKING HILLBILLY APOCALYPSE REVUE.

In 2004 nine of Ron's books will be reissued by Published in Heaven Productions (Philadelphia/NYC/Louisville). Ron has completed three new books which await publication plus he is presently writing two gonzo histories, one of The Global Literary Renaissance, the other (with David Minton) of Kentucky Culture. He is also writing a love story (with Sarah Elizabeth). Four other books are also in progress. Several thousand of Ron's works have been published round the world in a diverse range of publications from TRIQUARTERLY to ARTFORUM ( Czech Republic ) to BLUE BEAT JACKET ( Japan ) to BEAT SCENE ( England ) to SOUTHERN REVIEW.

Ron has produced over 900 music and poetry events throughout Europe & the USA including numerous non-stop music & poetry INSOMNIACTHONs ( ) . He has edited over 700 titles and published over 400 titles. He has presented over 4,000 readings/performances/talks/lectures of his own work throughout the world. For twelve years he has been Director of The Global Literary Renaissance about which a documentary is being produced by NYC filmmaker James Walck. Hollywood filmmaker Mark Reese is producing a film of Ron's autobiographical novel BEAVER DAM ROCKING CHAIR MARATHON .

For eleven years Ron has taught 20th Century European and American Literature, Culture, and Writing at several colleges and universities. He just completed his fourth and final year as Writer-in-Residence and Associate Professor of English at St. Catharine College.

Ron and The Viking Hillbilly Apocalypse Revue just completed their 2-month Not Knowing Tour. The performed in Kentucky, Indiana, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, California. Their new EP, 3 Shots of The Viking Hillbilly Apocalypse Revue, will be released in July. In September they will release their next full-length CD, SIN EATER. It includes work by MEGAS, Hilmar Orn Hilmarsson, Marlon and Michael Pollock, Andy Cook, Dean McClain, Sarah Elizabeth and Ron Whitehead. It was recorded over the past six months in Louisville, Philadelphia, Reykjavik, and Oslo.

When not traveling Ron and Sarah live in Kentucky and Europe .

Ron's official website is (now receiving 60,000+ hits per month).

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We must allow ourselves the joy of loving through life more than we fear our living.
T.B. Stone


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