Jazz: A Poem

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Jazz: a short-breathed, one-syllabled masquerade,

The word doesn't dance like confetti,

It doesn't blast you with a cacophony of spontaneous sounds,

It doesn't attack with a unstructured rhythm,

It doesn't jive and reel and flow,

It doesn't convey its jubilant, swingin' meaning,

But its connotation is cool and sly and crass,

It's the underbelly and the foundation,

It makes you wanna slow down and snap your fingers,

Jazz: a mysteriously styled, easily uttered word.


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ubanichijioke 5 years ago from Lagos

It is you who understands and can vividly capture its essence. Great words to match that lovely jazz. I love jazz cos of its cool and soothing. Voted up, awesome and beautiful


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Ebower 5 years ago from Georgia Author

Thanks for voting! I really enjoyed exploring the word 'jazz' and contrasting it with its meaning.


5 years ago

(voted interesting)

Fascinating poem that concentrates on the word 'jazz' as well as the music! You have the knack of going below the surface words.

Blessings.


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Ebower 5 years ago from Georgia Author

Thanks for voting, f! What a wonderful compliment; thanks so much. :)


5 years ago

YW.

I think you'd also enjoy Gerard Manley Hopkins as a poet. For him, the sound of the words means a great deal.

Blessings.


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Ebower 5 years ago from Georgia Author

I will have to check that out him out sometime soon. I think I would like his writing if that's the case.


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nu-flowerchild 5 years ago from Baton Rouge, Louisiana

I love your tasteful vocabulary. It really brings the spice to jazz and displays the imagery that you want the readers of this poem to have. I'm a jazz freak, so listening or reading jazz poetry, or poems that have those elements, are like pieces of literary eye candy for me! :) Thanks for sharing!


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Ebower 5 years ago from Georgia Author

Oh wow! Pieces of literary eye candy? I'm flattered! I'm so glad a jazz fan like you enjoyed this. I appreciate your feedback. Thanks for reading!


5 years ago

Jazz kind of goes with Art Deco and precisely cut 1920s bob haircuts and women smoking from long cigarette holders (before ppl had figured it was bad for the health).

Blessings.


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Ebower 5 years ago from Georgia Author

That's true; that's the environment I believe jazz was first born into.


5 years ago

Round about 1920, 1925, maybe, was it?

Blessings.


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Ebower 5 years ago from Georgia Author

I just looked it up; jazz became well-established in 1920 and the term 'jazz' was actually founded that year to describe that type of music.


5 years ago

Ty; interesting! I think it emerged from Ragtime, if I remember correctly from what I read.

Blessings.


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Ebower 5 years ago from Georgia Author

You are correct, sir. I didn't look it up, but I'm pretty sure from my memory. :)


5 years ago

Ragtime, Scott Joplin etc., I think...

Blessings.


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Ebower 5 years ago from Georgia Author

Yes, that definitely sounds right!


5 years ago

So between jazz, ragtime or rock and roll, which do you tend to prefer? (Just wondered, since you've written about jazz.)

Blessings.


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Ebower 5 years ago from Georgia Author

I like all kinds of music, but I tend to like rock and roll best out of those three.


5 years ago

I thought you might... (How did I guess?)

Blessings.


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Ebower 5 years ago from Georgia Author

lol I'm not sure. I also love electronic music as well.


5 years ago

Well, I see. Kind of sophisticated / intricate / ethereal type of musical taste. (With a fair bit of soft rock thrown in, I guess.)

Blessings.


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Ebower 5 years ago from Georgia Author

That's a very clear description of what I like. :)


5 years ago

(Blush)

Well, don't be surprised if some ppl can figure it out...

(Maybe because those words describing the music you like, could also describe you, to some extent...)

Blessings.


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Ebower 5 years ago from Georgia Author

That's an interesting point of view. Thanks! That was very nice of you to say. :)


5 years ago

(blush)

Maybe it's true, anyway.

Blessings.


5 years ago

Anyway I guess it would be the sort of music that might variously be played in the background at a fashion boutique, or an on campus Starbucks café, or a quality tattoo parlor: just the sorts of places that you might thrive having inspirational, aesthetic discussions, maybe.

Blessings.


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Ebower 5 years ago from Georgia Author

That's a good point; you're probably right.


5 years ago

The key is quality, right? quality music, and quality fashion and quality discussion (over good coffee!) and quality bodmod, etc.

Blessings.


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Ebower 5 years ago from Georgia Author

I guess so, but that sounds superficial. lol Quality company might be the best.


5 years ago

I agree! (smile)

You're right!

Blessings.


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Ebower 5 years ago from Georgia Author

:) Thanks.


5 years ago

YW. (Smile)

I still think you would look for quality in all those areas I cited, anyway.

Blessings.


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Ebower 5 years ago from Georgia Author

Well, I definitely agree about the quality music and discussion part. :)


5 years ago

I see. :)

(So which bit didn't you agree with?)

Blessings.


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Ebower 5 years ago from Georgia Author

Well, it all sounds good. I wouldn't pass over someone's company based on their fashion sense or jewelry choice. lol


5 years ago

Oh no, of course you wouldn't. I guess I was referring to the environment of a fashion boutique, or a quality parlor, etc, as various places, the atmosphere of which might be considered congenial in some ways.

Blessings.


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Ebower 5 years ago from Georgia Author

Oh ok; I see what you mean.


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lambservant 5 years ago from Pacific Northwest

I realize you are publishing your poems here in hubpages, but you should write a book and maybe use some great images. I would like to be first in line to buy one...autographed of course.


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Ebower 5 years ago from Georgia Author

Wow; that means a lot to me! I have actually thought about putting together a poetry book before. Hopefully, that will happen someday. You'll be the first to know!


5 years ago

Go for it. You might want to circulate a few of them around English professors that you may know, for advice about how to make a selection, maybe including some comments from you by way of an introduction.

Blessings.


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Ebower 5 years ago from Georgia Author

I plan to put one together once I get enough money for it. It will probably become an ebook. Thanks for the advice.


5 years ago

YW:

Yes, I almost suggested an e-book.

Blessings.


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Ebower 5 years ago from Georgia Author

Yes, it would be cheaper, easier to publish, and could possibly reach more people.


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Tayshia 3 years ago from Seattle

Fantastic! Thank you, that was fun!


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Ebower 3 years ago from Georgia Author

Thank you!

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