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       Monk Spins

 

A record fell, arm descending,

dime balanced on the end.

A stylus in a groove found

 

bent chords of Monk’s 

“Misterioso.” An infant dozed 

on a swaying dad as light

 

fractured in leaded glass

washed sofa, hardwood

and rug. The child radiated

 

and radiators hissed. Now,

jazz jumps from discs

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explodes on a floor as we

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Monk still spins on a stage

in remembered, imagined Harlem,

his chords shaped by rent

 

human longing and a day’s 

fresh manglings. We rock 

kids and wend ways

 

in the dancing world while

light cracks open on minor

seventh love, on chains.

 

 

©2015 Michael Lauchlan

 

 

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