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Art Inspires Art at the Jazz Concert

Jazz voice floats
clear as light
autumn leaves
drift by the window…
autumn leaves of
long ago 

vibraphone, saxophone,
drum and bass weave
a canopy of sound 
over the audience 
snaring my thoughts.
Are there even words for 

what I feel billowing inside?
Notes rise together then depart
on their own path of tones.
Vibraphone draws a melody
then sax, then the bass.
I ascend one of the sound trails

that takes me to my brother
who loved jazz-cool autumn
kicking up leaves dropping from
maples turned red and gold,
music hot with memory,
I wander these woods with words

gather colors of sound,
follow the jazz trail,
letting go, listening
I miss him most of all…
when autumn leaves
start to fall.


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