Jazz and Java

Frost1When rhythm kicks

when rhythm hits

I

feel the heat

wrap up in it

why

music fills all spaces in me

never claim to see          just wonder and be

but

no denying its power-grip

heart does a tock-salto-tick

it blends its dazzle into my soul

feel all the tension

feel all the edges

soften         making me whole.

The irresistible syncopation of the Claude Nougaro song ‘Le Jazz et la Java’ (see the link below) inspired this poem, which I am offering up with my best Christmas wishes to the last Open Link Night of the year. Let’s celebrate in style with dVerse Poets!

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30 thoughts on “Jazz and Java”

    1. Sorry for late reply: my comments to the first few comments seem to have disappeared. I’m not an artist (nor a musician either, for that matter), so I have to look for other sources of inspiration for my poetry.

    1. Ooops, where did the replies to yours and all of the above’s comments go? Strange goings on… but I am, as always, grateful for your visit and comments. It is light, intended as a fun piece to end the year on!

  1. Ah, wishing that music had that kind of effect on me…but the truth is it leaves me cold. Odd, as my mother was a concert pianist and my son is a song writer. The gene obviously skipped…

  2. I like the way the tone and style soften towards the end – but the first half is great: its good to see words used rhythmically and strongly like this. I often aspire to link poetry to music but rarely dare.

    1. Yes, the second half is when jazz players go off on a tangent in an impro… You should write some music-inspired poetry – they just seem such perfect companions. Would love to read the results.

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