Poetry Corner 12/3/19

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

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One touch, and it was over

I tried to tell you so much, tried to tell you all, in that one touch

But you said 'no' - - - not in words,

no, you could not say it that way,

yet, I knew

I turned, and when I looked back, as Eurydice, you were gone

Did you not see that I cared - - - could care at all.

No, and your smile remains

as a nightmare for all time.

Larry Barton

* * *

The Jazzman

The jazzman, at a dim-lit corner of a musty, shadowy saloon

His dark form bent low as he peers into the hollow blackness of an open doorway

His fingers moving slowly across the dusty keys

And then suddenly flying in a swift, ecstatic movement

Evoking countless patterns of blueness and of sorrowing frenzy

Raising his head to a focus on the gray ceiling

Dropping it again and closing tight the eyes behind the dark-colored glasses

Unmindful of the swirling mass around him

Playing on and on, never ceasing, into the fast-escaping night.

John Wilson

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