Tuesday, July 30, 2013

A Poem for Dreadlock Mike

Posted By on Tue, Jul 30, 2013 at 3:32 PM

We were saddened to learn on Sunday of the death of Dreadlock Mike, one of those iconic street people who entertained crowds around Comerica Park. He and another street person, James Van Horn, widely known as the "Eat 'em up, Tigers!" guy (for his mantra cheering on our home team), were reportedly killed by a hit-and-run motorist in the wee hours of Saturday, July 27.

So we were surprised to arrive in the office on Monday morning and find a poem left on our keyboard, apparently hand-delivered to our office. In the margins of the verse was printed: "Metro Times, can you print this for Mike"? We present here this anonymous tribute to the man known as Dreadlock Mike.

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"Dreadlock Mike" photographed by Bruce Giffin. Courtesy Bruce Giffin.

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We've seen you, Mike
    Judges, priest, Pepsi
        delivery men,
            EMS, DTE.
    Solid apparition
        Solemn worn visage
    Heavy roped dreadlocks
        Moving between our
            Civic world
        Like an urban stream
            of consciousness
        Limbless in cold winter
            Snow-covered and frozen
                We gave donations
            In pure conscience
        A silver dime golden
            A divine cup of soup.

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