Kind of blue

A Poem

By Zaki Mlaba

You were always miles away
But you were always there;
Until you weren’t.

You were always miles away
Until Miles came on.
When Miles came on,
We had never been so close.
I felt you and we didn’t even touch.
We spoke with no words.
We loved through the miles
Because of Miles.

You were always miles away
But when I need to be close to you,
I know where to go.

When I remember you,
I remember all the blues.
I remember that you encouraged me to feel all the blues;
To feel every blue.

You were always miles away
But you are always right here;
Through the blues.

You are all the blue in me.
You are all the blues in me.

I am
Because
You were.