4 a.m. Sharp Saxophone Solo

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4 a.m. Sharp Saxophone Solo

 

That morning at 4 a.m. sharp my neighbor

across the alley on the sixth floor played

his saxophone on the fire escape. Mournful,

inventive; soothed the hung-over blues,

smoothed the pre-coffee fog

morning serenade “Equinox”.

I cannot sleep through that jazz saxophone solo.

I hit the bed early, set my clock for 3:45 a.m. Awake

in the darkness I made coffee, put on my funky robe.

I think everyone alley-side did the same. Took up

our perches for some notes to tickle our ear-holes.

It was like anticipating Christmas, butterflies and

prickles electric on my skin melodious saxophone

plays, “Billie’s Bounce”, energized my day. People

talked in the stairs and on the sidewalk for months.

I cannot sleep through that jazz saxophone solo.

“Break those keys, man”, he was hot coffee in my mug,

slippers picking out steps, fuzzy robe floats, me ready to face my day.

The clock reads 4:05 a.m. and all I hear is sirens, car horns,

all I see is people in their windows, on the fire escapes —  no tunes, “Did he move?”

I caught up with the sax man, “Ah, man, I got a second job.”

“Please, just a little more” early morning rapture, but there was no more sweetness.

I cannot sleep (he’s) through (with) that jazz saxophone solo.

Lemuel

2018

3 April 2018

NaPoWriMo 2018

Notes

Bop poetic form

  • 3 stanzas followed by a refrain
  • stanza 1 is 6 lines long and outlines a problem
  • stanza 2 is 8 lines long and expands the problem further
  • stanza 3 is 6 lines long and either gives a solution to the problem or records the failed attempt to resolve the problem

Thank you Afaa Michael Weaver.

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