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The Jazz Musician - Poetry

Updated on January 8, 2013


He took his trumpet

Out of it's case,

Polished and clean

It was no disgrace

That he loved his instrument

More than life,

And when he played

It was our delight!


He had no family,

And friends were few

No girl of his own

But everyone knew

He liked the ladies

His drunken fans,

But never any more

Than one night stands.


The stage he loved,

The lights on him,

With his trumpet

Troubles were dim,

His band was tight

Jammin' was cool

The audience loving

How it made them feel.


A sleazy club,

Piano and gin,

The jazz musician

Knew how to fit in.

He played those notes,

Made it feel real,

The only importance,

Life's rotten deal!


For the sadness and troubles

He had in his life,

He played through the notes

And got rid of the strife,

As he hit a new key

Never heard before,

The audience went wild

And hit the dance floor!


From musical ecstasy

To musical pain

A musical journey

Always ending the same.

When the club closed it's doors,

The last customer gone

The jazz musician

Would walk home alone.


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      Jennifer Stone 4 years ago from the Riverbank, England

      Bravewarrior, thank you for your comments, it's so nice to hear someone else talk about vinyl! :-) Maybe the introspective lifestyle of these artists helps them create their wonderful music? Although it is a shame that this is often the case.... all the best my friend, Jen

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Jazz is such soulful music. This poem's reference to the lonly life of a musician brings to mind all the talented players who succumbed to drugs and lonliness, robbing us of their gift. At least their legends carry on though vinyl and bringing them back to life by poets such as yourself.

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      Jennifer Stone 4 years ago from the Riverbank, England

      Hi Epi, I'm glad you liked my poem, I did think of you when I wrote it! :-) It's all a bit chilly here too and grey! Off to have a cup of tea now, just finished work at 5pm (rained off so came home early!). Warm wishes and good energy to you hoping all our weather improves.... all the best, Jen

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      epigramman 4 years ago

      ..good morning Jennifer from lake erie time 7:39am - well you knew I would just love this. And in this evocative and descriptive poem you have painted a picture in my mind with your cinematic narrative prose.

      And yes I can hear this lonely man's trumpet too.

      Hubbravo to you and I can tell this was a truer labor love for you

      Having my first cup of coffee here at 7:43am on a day that looks and feels more like November now with its chill and grey gloomy skies.

      I normally listen to classical music in the morning and then switch over to jazz after noon time and into the evening.

      Sending you warm wishes and hoping all is well with you my friend.

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      Jennifer Stone 4 years ago from the Riverbank, England

      Hi Jan! Thanks! :-) all the best, Jen

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      Janhorner 4 years ago

      Hi Jenny, brilliant poem loved every line!

      Voted up,

      Jan

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      Jennifer Stone 4 years ago from the Riverbank, England

      Mhatter, thanks! I'm really glad you liked it, all the best, Jen

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      Jennifer Stone 4 years ago from the Riverbank, England

      Always exploring, thank you! What a lovely thing to say, and from someone I respect as much as you! All the best from the riverbank with a smile, Jen :-)

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Let me add my kudo. A wonderful stylized tale. Thank you for sharing

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Oh no, This is so sad. I loved it. I love Jazz. I loved this poetry..Thank you. You have talent Jen....Cheers.

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      Jennifer Stone 4 years ago from the Riverbank, England

      Kamalesh! My reply to you hasn't appeared... I blame my dodgy dongle connection! Thank you for the kind words and vote my friend, all the best, Jen

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      Jennifer Stone 4 years ago from the Riverbank, England

      Ahh yes Bill, good ol' Louie eh... still to be heard on my record player to this day... (yes I actually own a record player...lol),

      thank you and best wishes from the riverbank, Jen

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      Jennifer Stone 4 years ago from the Riverbank, England

      Shiningirisheyes, thank you! I agree, I think there are alot emotions conveyed in jazz (I love jazz by the way... :-) ) and this is just one of them... All the best, Jen

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Love it Jen! A man and his music....nothing more....wonderfully sad. I grew up with Louie Armstrong on our record player....haunting melodies.....that's what this poem reminded me of.

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      Shining Irish Eyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

      How sad but so eloquent as well. I suppose the sadness experienced adds to the authenticity of the jazzie soulful music..

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      Kamalesh050 4 years ago from Sahaganj, Dist. Hooghly, West Bengal, India

      A sad poem - composed Wonderfully. Very well done my friend. Voted Up & Awesome.

      Best Wishes, Kamalesh