I want to roll with
the jazz of my words
or high heels on concrete
tapping a beat
that makes me sway
let strength and snap
pour from my mouth
in a cadence felt from the toes up
I am walking poetry today–
I woke with this poem
writing itself alive
before eyes open
words that kick
like unsweetened espresso
in a rhythm played with brushes
not sticks, on those drums
I call ears.
***updated to add “Don’t Blame Me,” Thelonious Monk, 1966
Wrote this last summer, and it seems to fit with Gay’s prompt today over at dVerse.
YES! YES! Yes, you have the beat! Love it!
Thank you! I really woke up with this writing itself last summer 😉
joyful jazz as words jam, jive and dance on the canvas of wakening mind.
Thanks, Noel 😉
tapping a beat
that makes me sway
spoken music…i am walking poetry today…ha….walk it for sure susan…we are all poetry in motion…
Brian–yes, we are all moving poetry 😉
beautiful. You were gone some days. everything all right?
Thanks, Celestine. Everything’s fine, just swamped with work.
Feel like doing a little shimmy and hand jive in my desk chair after reading this! 😀
Aw, thank you Holly!
The soft rhythm of your words have defined a lot of meaning the the creativeness of poetry.
I like this poem a lot. 🙂
How have you been? where were you? I’ve been wanting you to read my 3 poems that I have posted. You will enjoy them a lot. 🙂 You must hurry and read them before I take them all down Sunday night.
First, thank you! I have been buried in work, kids, school, etc.
I will check out your poetry tonight.
Cool. I’ll see you then.
Fantastic writing as usual, Charlie. My stuff is Z-inducing compared to that mad creativity you own.
You play jazz.. clicking those shoes… very nice.
I’m walking poetry today… great line.
Thank you, Bjorn! I love waking up with poetry in my head already…
Sounds… so cool.. and with jazz in your mind… so cool
Thank you again, Bjorn. It was very cool, waking up with this.
I was saving you for last because I knew you’d be good [and then more linked :)]. Of course I loved this because you and your words made the jazz, arranged the jazz, sang the jazz, and let the reader meld with you into the jazz. You are some great Artist, Susan Daniels!
Gay, you have turned me all sorts of shades of red! Tahnk you! I love it when they write themselves, right out of a dream.
as a lapsed musician and lover of things jazz – wonderful
Thanks, Paul! I love, love, love jazz.
as a youthful horn player I was deeply affected by Bix Beiderbecke and his loose characterization by Kirk Douglas in Young Man with a Horn – these days, I’m quite taken with Marsalis
ha – so cool when they write themselves with eyes still closed…those are the best ones…smiles…unsweetened espresso…and brushes not sticks….very cool
Thank you, Claudia. It was a fun write 😉
Those are some lovely verses… Enjoyed the jazz of your words. 🙂
thank you SO much! I loved waking up with these lines in my head. I did not catch all of what I was writing as I woke up, but this was close.
oh yes! the snapping fingers and high heels on concrete – those do something jazzy don’t they? I really liked this Susan. Nicely done!
Thank you! I loved waking up to this.
made me smile. It’s beautiful
Aw, Joe, thank you!
oh Ive missed you Susan. This is delightful music to my soul.
Thanks, Audra. Missed you too. Up past my eyeballs in work. Sigh.
I hear ya. Throw in the kids and you’re fried. Double sigh. But smiling.
I read a story on Maxine Kunin (see my FB wall) and I can’t help but think that could be you decades from now.
Oh, Hon, thank you! Will check it out.
Except I spelled her name wrong. *blush* Kumin. It’s down a ways.
I’ll find it 😉
Great snap, beat and a perfect fit for the prompt. I love how they dovetailed.
Thanks, Anna. As soon as I saw that prompt, I knew I had to share this one!
I’m glad you’re up and popping. I’ve got two jazz musicians in the house. All jazz all the time.
Now that is wonderful! Having been involved with one for several years (my first child’s father), I can say I loved his music, and I love jazz so much! You are a lucky woman, to have two in the house 😉
They do jazz improv duets on the piano. I should take up the bass. Live music daily in my living room. I’m a lucky mom.
slinky slippery silk!
Aw, thank you!