Not-Jazz Poem


My Not-Jazz Poem

My hands don’t find
Bobby Blue bland;
I’ve driven hours
over Miles.
My legs sure glide when
the trombone slides
and my eyes tear
when Louis smiles.

But I don’t poem jazz;
I just can’t poem jazz–
oh, I jitter
and I’m plenty bugged,
but can only riff old honkywonk
and snip a bordered rug.

I can listen till I’m Dizzy,
Muddy Waters on the brain,
But I don’t poem jazz–
I just can’t poem jazz
it’s just the way I am.

The above is my non-jazz poem responding to the wonderful prompt by Gay Cannon on dVerse Poets Pub to write a jazz poem. My apologies in advance to anyone who finds the poem offensive or politically incorrect–it’s intended only to make fun of myself. Have a great weekend.

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13 Comments on “Not-Jazz Poem”

  1. howanxious Says:

    That is such a truthful and interesting refrain. I can’t poem jazz either… so I just wrote something which appealed to my heart and made me feel the same as I feel when I listen to jazz.
    I liked the choice of your words.. ‘My legs sure glide when the trombone slides and my eyes tear when Louis smiles’- my favorite bit. 🙂

  2. hedgewitch Says:

    Clever,k. and have to say, me, too. (or me, neither.) Great use of contrasts and wordplay throughout.

  3. brian miller Says:

    ha. that was fun….i like how you worked in the names of some jazz greats into your poem…and saying you can’t jazz a poem, but you did…smiles.

  4. I adore the expression of bliss on the elephant’s face – wonderful poem k 🙂

  5. Mary Says:

    I hear you on this, but you did really create a fun poem nonetheless. And I DO love the elephant!!

  6. Mama Zen Says:

    Delightful, clever piece!

  7. ha… and unwillingly your non-jazz is still jazz… great piece, and wonderfully woven name-drops.

  8. I hate to disagree…but you did poem jazz. I love the allusion to Miles and Louis and the beat worked so well.

  9. claudia Says:

    oh nice…dizzy gilespy (probably written the wrong way – ha) and miles davies… aren’t they wonderful…ha… you made those lines swing ma’am

  10. No savvy jazz person would find this in the least offensive – word playing here is pure improvisation calling up the greats and definitely grooving – you’re a true hip cat our K!

  11. you’re full of soft suede and taboo!

  12. I think you bring up an important point, what we accept with an open mind to engage we may not incorporate into our own work. I enjoyed the tone and rhythm of your not jazz poetry :).

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