J is for Joseph’s Star (and Jazz)

Today’s poem takes the form of a Joseph’s Star. You may wish to listen to the music in the video below as you read the poem.

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Jazz

Composed of

Layers of rhythm

Blowing, strumming, and singing

Each player supporting the

Others in the band

With unique

Sounds

***

Drums

Give it kick

Setting the pattern

Gluing it all together

With toe-tapping pulsations

Slow and smooth or racing fast

In the driver’s seat

Keeping the

Time

***

Keys

Sounding notes

But, oh, so much more

Hands dance upon black and white

Playing within the structure

Of chord progression

Piano

Plays

***

Horns

Saxophone

Or trumpet playing

Improvisational riffs

Jumping and sliding around

Within the framework

Each in turn

Jams

***

Voice,

Another

Instrument playing

Inventing words to replace

The notes that the others play

Syllabic nonsense

The lady

Scats

***

Jazz

Composed of

Layers of rhythm

Blowing, strumming, and singing

Each player supporting the

Others in the band

With unique

Sounds

 

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