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Come to me in the spring /Come to me when you hear me sing

Come to me and bring a water drink / Come to me I'll make you think.



Tropical Love

By Yictove


My name is Yictove and I try to stay clean.

I don't mistreat a woman and I don't be mean.

My name is renowned all over New York.

Disco to disco and down in Central Park.

In New Orleans I'm in the disco scene.

In Hollywood L.A.

everybody jams to the words I say.

I open up a book and I take a little look.

Turn my fire on and I start to cook.

Every time you hear a word about me

know for a fact it's not a fantasy.


Come to me in the spring

Come to me when you hear me sing

Come to me and bring a water drink

Come to me I'll make you think.


I know you are not here to hear about me.

I know you are the one with possibility.

Arguments are for little boys.

If a girl don't have a man, she must have boys.

I'm not braggin or makin a boast

I know damn well I can toast

The mix is strong, the mix is hard.

The mix can be heard in everybody's yard.


I don't say I can sing

but I try to do the right thing

You say you do need more

You can use everything in the department store.

You are more than a little bit wise.

You give someone a kiss & it's a big surprise.


Moons & stars make such a lovely light

every time you see them in the night.

Everybody knows we won't slow this rap down.

Everybody needs good vibes in this town.

All you ladies in this place

it's a fact you all got a lovely face.

All you ladies in this place

take my love and don't leave a trace.

Someone talking without a fact

is like pinning something to the wall without a tack.


I'm not here to criticize.

I'm not here to apologize.

I'm here to give you the best I can do.

I'm here in the Tropic Zone.

I'm here but I'm not alone.

To those below and to those above

everybody needs a little love.


Source: D.J. Soliloquy (Thrown Stone Press, 1988)                                                                                                                           Cover art: Lorraine Williams

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In Loving Memory of Yictove

Eugene Melvin Turk

February 28, 1946 – July 29, 2007

“Spirit is an invisible force made visible in all life. Your life was a wonderful example of everything good. And a beautiful reflection of God’s love.”

Service Held: Wednesday, August 1, 2007 at 10 a.m. Cremation Funeral: Lombardi Funeral Home /336 Cleveland Avenue, Harrison, NJ

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Yictove's spirit was called up today! Folks gathered around his daughter in from China and his family and held them fast. Of course, poetry was read and, of course, we all acknowledged that, prolific artist that he was, Yictove—and the word Yictove means "he will write" according to his fellow Israelites—Yictove was watching, writing yet another poem to document the moment, making us feel soft and retrospective in places we had  never felt before, nodding our heads "yes" with a psychological bend to our collective neck, and that he was doing all of this in the name of love, without raising his voice, just raising his pen. One sister sang a blues song.

Zayid Muhammad led a clapping session . . . "Let us give this great man one more round of applause." Amiri Baraka blessed him with words.

Jacque Johnson was there when Yictove died. Thank God someone was. She described his death for us at the memorial service, and it sounds as though he had a stroke (she could not understand his speech) and a heart attack (after a while he just fell) and the entire episode took about 30 minutes, I think she reported. Jacque explained that he died peacefully, as he lived. He spoke to her as he was passing over uttering beautiful words. We should all exit with such grace. —Sandra West

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posted 7 November 2007




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