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Friday, October 5, 2012

Licorice Stick

She shapes the reed
keeps it slick
slips the mouth piece
between her sweet lips.

Each trilled note
splits the air.
Can you hear it
lingering there?

Her music makes
her feel alive
as she plays jazz
bebop and jive.

       I'm back to music again today.  I've had some fun researching the clarinet even though none of the information has ended up in this poem.  Go figure.  Sometimes you just don't need to dump everything into a poem.  To enjoy the music you don't need to know how the instrument is constructed, or famous clarinet players.  I did find out that there are lots of clarinet jokes posted on the web.  The clarinet is the band instrument that most often gets joked about.
      What is your favorite kind of music or song?  Can you write a poem about music today? Have fun.  May you have lots of music in your weekend.

Laura Salas is hosting Poetry Friday today.


  1. Joy,
    So the rule is no information dumps, especially in poetry that has so few words to deliver. Got it!

  2. Hi Joy,

    I have had SO many experiences researching things that don't ultimately end up in my work... it's so worth it though! You're right, you do need to know everything, even when you don't include it. The poem is so authentic because of it. Not to mention lovely! You remind me of Langston Hughes, one of my favorites on music!

  3. I like the note splitting the air and then lingering. Lovely!

    1. Thanks Laura.
      I did spend a lot of time thinking about, what does that sound like. And, How can I describe that sound. all part of the fun of writing poetry. I think that is why I didn't like Wed.'s poem on the piano. It still needs lots of work.

  4. I had fun looking at all of your music poems, Joy! Music is one of my favorite things to write about. It's obvious that you had fun writing them. :-)