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Sun Ra - Poem Recitation - Like a Universe

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Uploaded on Nov 11, 2011

if they only knew
what great jokes God has played on humanity
yes, he's placed me in the midst of them
for vague purpose of vague and
yet so great that I don't know where
it is myself
I don't know where this purpose lies
hidden
what is there?
a soft fire that is burning within me
to let me know
yes, it's there
and my mind searches for it
and my heart searches for it
And I look and I think,
yes, here it is
then it's gone
it's like a mist
then it's like a sunset
it's like a sunrise
it's like a universe
it lies there
and yet I walk among people all long
not knowing
and the people not knowing
and then I think
I say,
what a great joke I am
and then, strangely enough
I look at people sometimes and I hate
them
I look at them and I hate them
I don't wish to destroy them
I don't want to harm them
But I hate them
Because I know that I'm a part of them
that I am here for them
that I belong to them
and that's why I hate them
because you see, if I didn't belong to them
if I wasn't placed here for them
I would be a free spirit
But I can't be free as long as I haven't
served my purpose
I can't be free as long as I give to people
what I have to give to them
yes, I'm more free than most men
I'm more free than most spirits
but yet I am chained
you see, it's a great joke on me, too
then again, I look at people, and I
love them
I love them so very much until I turn
my head in shame
I want to touch them with my fingertips
and erase the frown from their face
I want to touch them with my mind and
erase every care and every sorrow away
I want to touch them with my mind and
open their mind's eye and let them see
the things that I know and feel
I want to do that because I love them
then I look at them, then I hate them
again
I hate them because I love them so much
and I don't know
I don't know where hate begins and love ends
I don't know how love ends and hatebegins
I don't know any of those things
all I know is
I'm a great joke
I'm the biggest joke that's ever been
played upon the world
and people think
they think that God has no ailment
but I know because I'm a living joke
I'm one that will cause people to scratch
their heads in wonderment
In search of their hollow hearts
and look in their souls and wonder,
Where did he come from? What is he?
Who made him?
You see, I'm such a great joke
until I tickle myself

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