all that jazz

Written in 1994, recorded today.

D. W. Metz

(for Michael Harper)

falling like the rain goes
pit-patter
pitter-pit-pat
landing on a needle’s point
as the sun strays behind
a rainbow moon
grandiloquent jazz beaten blue
echoing hughes in its resonance
angry arrangements
harmonious beat of
enigma and intention
is this what drew allen, jack and bill
to the bars of the wild neon night
drunk on port
high on green apples and benny tubes
mexican fresco
painted on a cracked wall
carelessly spattered with tar
a ragtime rhythm
sweet from the alto sax
sinks like liquid lead
in the ocean of cacophony

~ dwmetz, 1994

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