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Resurrection of the Spirit, a poem by Norbert Krapf

Resurrection of the Spirit
by Norbert Krapf

It’s in the juke shacks
where the old music plays
I live my deepest life.

Give me a blues shuffle
and the arthritis crippling
these hands goes away.

Give me the sound
of a blues harp suckin’ in
and blowin’ out the beat

and my eyes start
to see at midnight
as if it were noon.

Give me a tough mama
shakin’ her history
and the spirit resurrects.

Bio: Norbert Krapf, former Indiana Poet Laureate, is a Jasper, Indiana, native who lives in downtown Indianapolis. His most recent books are Catholic Boy Blues (2014) and Shrinking the Monster: Healing the Wounds of Our Abuse, a prose memoir forthcoming in fall, 2016. He held a Creative Renewal Fellowship from the Arts Council Indianapolis (2011-12) and received a Glick Indiana Author Award (2014).