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love is, so are you

Ode To Nick Masullo
A poem by Jay Ross
May 2006

Nick Masullo is an insightful award winning songwriter from the Ozarks. Songwriter Emily Kaitz says, "There are times when Nick Masullo makes me think of three of my favorite singer songwriters: John Gorka, Richard Shindell, and Michael Smith. It's not that he sounds like any of them. It's just that some of his songs are that good,"

His songs cover a variety of topics including love and relationships, colorful stories, wry observations, affordable health care, war and peace, the etiquette of cell phone use in public places, and much more.

Nick has been featured nationally on "The Folk Sampler" radio show and has received radio-play from Maine to California, in Canada, and across Europe. His music has been chosen for the playlists of the On Line Folk Festival and the Internet Folk Festival.

“. . . a superlative singing voice,"
-Chris Darling, DJ, WMPG Radio, Maine

"A very good songwriter. "
-Mike Flynn, host of the Folk Sampler, Chicago Public Radio

“wonderful .. peaceful ... your music is different”
-Lord Litter, DJ, Berlin, Germany

“. . .your new disc has been ...getting plenty of air-play here at 100,000 watt KUMD...Good record! You have written some very fine songs and deliver them with style and verve. "Everything You've Got" is getting 2-3 spins a week (that's a lot for us).” -John Ziegler, Program Director, Univ of MN

“another wonderful album filled with strong and heart-warming material . I enjoyed everything and will be airing on my shows”. -Eddie Russell, Texas DJ




Sitting in his wheelchair,
He looks out on the world
With the same shining eyes
And the same beautiful vision of life
That has shone through those eyes for decades.

You can’t cripple a man
Simply by taking away the use of his legs.
You have to take away his spirit.
And this
You will never take from this man.

I remember Obi Wan Kenobi
While battling Darth Vader
Obi Wan looks Darth in the eye and says
“If you strike me down,
I shall become more powerful
Than you could possibly imagine”.

This man in this chair,
Is stronger today
Than most people ever become
In their entire lives.

And from his chair on wheels,
He reaches out
And touches the world
With stunning agility, grace and power.

Writing songs that touch the heart of mankind,
When his hands can no longer strum the guitar
The world,
In the form of fellow musicians
And friends,
Joins in
And plays for him.

The music doesn’t stop here.
The music doesn’t stop now.
The music of this man
Is a powerful as the man himself.
And power like this
Is eternal.

This is how a man lives forever.
He becomes a part of life.
And lives in the hearts and minds
Of everyone he has touched.

Of this man, it can truly be said
He is a legend
In his own time.

And when the legend is told,
As it already is,
It will go something like this:

He stood taller
While sitting in his wheelchair
Than most men even aspire to.

And from this vantage point
He gained a perspective on the world
That few ever get
From their upright and lofty positions.

Hark ye than the words of this man
And feel
The Power…
Of Love.

See also
Winter Solstice 2006
The Legacy and Love of Nick Masullo

Natural Fragrance by Dabney Rose
Sweet Water Distillary, Dabney Rose


Dabney Rose

La Femme Biker, Fragrance by Dabney Rose
I don't ride to be one of the boys!


Being Love
(a book by Jay Ross)

Being Love, poetry by Jay Ross


No Matter What
We've Learned

(Jay's latest book)

No Matter What We've Learned, Poetry by Jay Ross

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