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His halo has lifted, it drifted away
The people who choose black or white, he paints grey
Knowledge and skills are his currency,
Their predictability a handshake

Their pillars once ripe, are brought down in one swipe
To make the land our church, and forgiveness - unheard
A shrine rebuilt for all seeking sure defeat
The ones who dare to dance, limber and discreet

Plucked from his tree, pulled off his track
Placed in captivity, with walls thick of glass
Displayed as a menace, an infectious seed about
Warning those who question convention and its clout

Collapsing on a thinly stiffened cot
And fighting the stench from a porcelain pot
A carving knife lies beside fruits that rot
A clever plot, but his spite's all he's got

His room sits amongst the union square
An invitation for all to come and stare
Disciples of tradition gather in his despair
The chairmen of conviction applaud for their snare

His roots retire
Under this enemy choir
Whittled and weak with desire
Entwined in a patient pyre




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Okapi Asheville, North Carolina

OKAPI utilizes bass, cello, and voice through unconventional juxtapositions to create an alternative sense of unity within their intimate orchestrations. Carrying satirical yet honest messages driven by existentialism and realism, they work to form a unique mosaic which stimulates the cryptic emotions often overlooked in everyday life. ... more

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