Patricia Ann Repar
Solo Trombone and Fixed Media
"The main misconception about the bones, then, is that they are made up of dead tissue."
-- Dr. D.R. Johnson, Centre for Human Biology
Jawbone chatters away, singin' the blues of ocean and rock,
skeletal bits of earth
imprinted with birds and star beings.
Sara sings the joik--banned but alive--her Saami, Lapplander voice
chanting essences of someone or something
ever changing, no beginning on end.
Mourning Dove sings the story of Coyote who got down safely
by turning himself first into a pine needle--falling fast--
and then into a leaf floating gently to the ground.
I dance to Julia and Debbie sings Danny Boy,
our bones compressing and stretching
pulsing with and responding to neuropeptides, cellular receptors, and
memory upon memory-alive-
and enmeshed with the songs of Jawbone and Sara and Mourning Dove.