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The Double Bass Jazz Maker

Updated on July 27, 2018
A child enjoying the flowers. What music does she hear, I wonder?
A child enjoying the flowers. What music does she hear, I wonder?

The Jazz Maker

By A.Gagliardi

He dons his Double Bass,

making love to it

as he strums the strings

caressing its slender neck.

Swear words create a surprise punch

to his syncopated lyrics.

I close my eyes to narrow the focus,

to listen better; to see the

pictures painted with his sound;

finishing sentences with notes instead of words.

And it is all right.

He takes a tune and runs amok with it.

The music washes me in the blood of the Lamb.

I hear the instruments dance with each other

in the minor keys of my desires.

My chest is the tympani, Tympani, Tympani

echoing their beat.

Dimmed lights reveal the kitchen colloquy

tapping perfect time;

vibrating with the new rhythm created.

And it is all right.

His jazz takes me to a

new place, new place, NEW PLACE.

The smell of the wine as I raise my glass

mingles with your perfume and

the slap of his shoe on the floor.

His hand beats a rhythm on the wood of the

Piano – providing percussion - a beat, a beat, a beat.

And it is all right.

How does an hour go by unaware?

How does the music take me

to another place?

He sorts the notes into new lengths;

stretching and repeating phrases,

creating a dissertation.

I follow the beat down the rabbit hole;

feeling the wine slide

Smoothly down, Smoothly down, Smoothly down .

My ears resonate with his rhythm.

And it is all right.


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    • agaglia profile imageAUTHOR

      Annette Gagliardi 

      10 years ago from Minneapolis

      Thanks habee. I appreciate you reading - and liking it.

    • habee profile image

      Holle Abee 

      10 years ago from Georgia

      This is great! Well constructed verse.

    • agaglia profile imageAUTHOR

      Annette Gagliardi 

      10 years ago from Minneapolis

      Ok, I made a couple of changes and I feel better about this one. But, I still want to get the poems on the page without the ads interfering with the lines.

      How does one do that?

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      10 years ago from England

      Cool. Good rhythms and images. Can imagine the club and the musician...A good read. Thank-you.

    • donna bamford profile image

      donna bamford 

      10 years ago from Canada

      I like this Agaglia. Simple but sweet.

    • agaglia profile imageAUTHOR

      Annette Gagliardi 

      10 years ago from Minneapolis

      I wrote this after a night at the Dakota in downtown Minneapolis. We enjoyed the tunes and rhythm of the New Standards. Excellent.


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