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Undisputed Gentle King of Bata

by Kim (writer), Los Angeles, May 19, 2010

Credit: Orestes Matacena
This poem is dedicated to Francisco Aguabella and is a picture of him

The giant of percussion receives a gig from above

Years ago, he was hailed "Aguabella is the John Coltrane of the Conga Drums.” -- Dizzy Gillespie


This is my tribute to Francisco Aguabella

A whisper to announce his song

A genius filled blessed with greatness and charm

Voices of angels called his name

All too soon his departure came

A kind smile and pause before he began

Hold on to your seats

Artistry, glory, euphoria will fan

Sweeping the space

Cleansing the land

With the percussive beat of his hand

Bata was the instrument of his expertise

Humility, love, and intuition streamed untiringly

Undisputed King of Bata

Now rests in peace

Serenading the heavenly host

As the Gabriel and other angels boost

Undisputed King of're the most

A nod and a smile from his handsome face

As he continues to groove from the inner space

To hear him play was more beautiful than the sun's first peek

Through the morning mist and solitude bliss

To hear him play was to experience a spiritual awakening

A lullaby totally danceable as the waves of the sea

yet soulfully meditative

His unassuming stature always sound fully strong

Always luminous, always sharing love

Called on May 7, 2010 from above

Continue your song, Francisco

Thank you for giving us the best bond

By Kim Vinson


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By alan handwerger on May 19, 2010 at 02:31 pm

So elegantly and eloquently expressed. Thanks, Kim.

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By Kim on May 19, 2010 at 03:46 pm

Thank you, Alan for your kind words. I appreciate it:)

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By Kim on May 19, 2010 at 03:48 pm

Thank you, Cher:) For your support and kind sharing.

I appreciate it

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