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Listening to jazz now

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Listening to jazz now, I'm happy
     sun shining outside like it was my lifetime achievement award.
                I'm happy,
with my friend and her dog up in Durango, her emailing
     me this morning
no coon hound ailing yowls
vibrant I love yous.
        I'm happy,
        my smile a big Monarch butterfly
        after having juiced up some carrots, garlic, seaweed,
        I stroll the riverbank, lazy as a deep cello
in a basement bar—

                   smoke, cagney'd out patrons
                   caramel and chocolate women in black
                             shoulder strap satin dresses,
                   and red high heels.

Credit


From Winter Poems Along the Rio Grande by Jimmy Santiago Baca. Copyright © 2004 by Jimmy Santiago Baca. Reprinted by permission of New Directions. All rights reserved.

Author


Jimmy Santiago Baca

Jimmy Santiago Baca was born in Santa Fe, New Mexico, in 1952.

Date Published: 2004-01-01

Source URL: https://poets.org/poem/listening-jazz-now