Lay for the Day 5th
Mingus, bassist, composer and bandleader, died on this day in 1979.
poem and picture are from Septet,
one of the Inkjet Books.
Mine is the voice more profound
when the horns sob,
more stern while the saxophones celebrate.
Among the machines of music
that blisters fingers and renders hands raw.
Who masters me is quiet about
I am the wise
and encouraging one, the counsellor.
Is my large brown body feminine?
Then hold me close
and dance, and be my partner for life.
In cries and whims well
partner them, for here
its not begun,
to tell the truth, till the fat ladys sung.
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