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They call her Jazz,
like the music, but
She’s always been
more for the
rhythm and blues
using three or four
different hues
to paint her relationships.

Her canvas
was rarely clean, but
scores of men
still wet-dreamed
of her
stroking their brush
across her masterpiece.

She saw me on a
coffee shop corner, where
one way streets
intersect briefly, before
into the night.
I was wasting
quarters on Coltrane
at the corner jukebox,
when she grabbed
my wrist, she had
a firm grip
on my gaze
and I couldn’t
look away
from her curves,
from her smile,
from her thrift store style
compiled of old jeans
and neon tees
with catchy phrases like
“peace, peas, and carrots.”

She told me the
coffee was darker
at her place
and we soon
found ourselves
behind wine glasses
spiked with attraction
our romantic interactions
were brief,
but pristine
and in the mornings
I always left her
wine glasses clean
so we could see
through these nights clearly.

Nearly a year later
she skipped town
and again
I could be found
on coffee shop corners
with a handful
of quarters
scanning my
using Monk
as my muse.

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  • wigs
    wigsalmost 5 years ago

    wow another great piece of writing, i am enjoying your work, i loved how this flowed so effortlessly

  • pagan
    paganalmost 5 years ago

  • paulakerr
    paulakerralmost 5 years ago

    Fluid catchy and enchanting

  • Mynbee
    Mynbeealmost 5 years ago


  • logistics
    logisticsalmost 5 years ago

    Stunning. A great poem. I loved the Monk reference at the end too. I’m glad to see you’re a great writer just as much as you are a great listener.

  • Dwayne Boyd
    Dwayne Boydover 4 years ago

    Can you dig it? I absolutely do!

  • Rex Inkpen
    Rex Inkpenover 4 years ago

    beguiling piece.. love the easy cadence and the wonderful fluid imagery.

  • Genevieve Robey
    Genevieve Robeyover 4 years ago

    Oh this is truly amazing. Beautiful and interesting moments throughout … can’t wait to check out your other work …

  • Hunter Valentina
    Hunter Valentinaover 4 years ago

    wow… i love the story in this, and the flow and rhyme scheme is crazy good.

  • Nathan Emery
    Nathan Emeryover 4 years ago

    this is one of the coolest flowing pieces I have ever read.

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