"November" - Nick Barrows


"November" - Nick Barrows
 

When it is this gray
When it is just almost rain
When it is just this gloom
When it is this overcast
When it is just this November
I want to be a jazz musician
A drunk jazz musician
A three in the morning gig jazz musician
Playing for booze jazz musician
A plastered
Too many cigarettes
Maybe have a junk problem
Jazz musician
Living in a crappy motel
in the middle of a crappy part
of a crappy cruel ghetto city
Jazz musician
Living on beans & franks, coffee, cigarettes, booze, and maybe junk
Jazz musician
Maybe had a hit or two when you were younger
When you had a belly full of fire
Jazz Musician
Not a belly full of Bean & Franks, coffee, cigarettes, booze and maybe junk
Jazz musician
Go kicked out of the Blue Wisp for passing out on stage
Jazz musician
Got kicked out of the Blue Note recording sessions for stepping all over the lead
Jazz musician
Got kicked out of the corner shop for being belligerent
Had to get your axe out of hock a few times
Showing up to the gig late
Jazz musician
“Have you heard this guy”
“So much soul”
“Now this is jazz”
Jazz musician
“He recorded this high”
“At three in the morning”
“Man, he can really cook”
Jazz musician
“What ever happen to him”
“I don’t know”
“I think he died a few years ago”
Jazz Musician
“That’s a damn shame”
“They don’t make them like that anymore”
“You got that right”
Jazz musician
Oh those gray
Gloomy
Overcast
Almost rain
just November days
Creeping into us in the most subtle style
Where is my sax anyway?
 
Word of Mouth Cincinnati poets Nick Barrows and Mark Flanigan return as featured readers at December's Word of Mouth, tonight at 8 pm upstairs at The Globe, Athens.  They'll be joined by fellow Cincinnatians Tim McMichael as well as Betsy Young of Aurore Press.
Versus [available from Aurore Press, 2012] is a joint collection including Barrows' The Rabbit Punch Defense and Flanigan's Journeyman's Lament.

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