the jazz of my words

I want to roll with
the jazz of my words
popping lightly–
finger snaps
or high heels on concrete
tapping a beat
that makes me sway
spoken music

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.

About Susan L Daniels

I am a firm believer that politics are personal, that faith is expressed through action, and that life is something that must be loved and lived authentically--or why bother with any of it?
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46 Responses to the jazz of my words

  1. YES! YES! Yes, you have the beat! Love it!

  2. joyful jazz as words jam, jive and dance on the canvas of wakening mind.

  3. brian miller says:

    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…

  4. beautiful. You were gone some days. everything all right?

  5. Feel like doing a little shimmy and hand jive in my desk chair after reading this! 😀

  6. 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.

  7. You play jazz.. clicking those shoes… very nice.
    I’m walking poetry today… great line.

  8. 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!

  9. as a lapsed musician and lover of things jazz – wonderful

  10. claudia says:

    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

  11. howanxious says:

    Those are some lovely verses… Enjoyed the jazz of your words. 🙂

  12. shanyns says:

    oh yes! the snapping fingers and high heels on concrete – those do something jazzy don’t they? I really liked this Susan. Nicely done!

  13. jomul7 says:

    made me smile. It’s beautiful

  14. unfetteredbs says:

    oh Ive missed you Susan. This is delightful music to my soul.

  15. nelle says:

    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.

  16. Great snap, beat and a perfect fit for the prompt. I love how they dovetailed.

  17. Alice Keys says:

    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 😉

  18. slinky slippery silk!

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