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This is the second poem I wrote inspired by Christmas Jazz 2011.  If you are here for the first time, go here to read the first one.  I was so buzzed that I had to get all my scatting out … I think it was only after I got the outline of this piece down that my Muse decided to release me and let me sleep….  Enjoy!


(Inspired by Christmas Jazz concert Sat Dec 17, 2011)

Saxophone incantations ride drumroll rhythms,

Liberating minds – freeing souls from prison.

Soloist scats prayers, drawing energy from swaying crowd

whose loud chants mingle and increase

with every single note.

Percussion-Priest breaks bread at Feast of Soul,

Rolling waist pours wine, released to divine control.

Jazz Communion brings sacred union

between musician and eager congregation

No death at this altar, just altered state of consciousness

as souls become enlightened.

In lightened state, souls equate bliss with high-hat kissing

drummer’s stick,

Every lick bleeding out a beat so intoxicatingly sweet

It causes heartbeats to rise and crowd to close eyes

as one, and transcend time and space

Transported to another place

Where notes are breath and music is air

Where jazz is King, where chords collide

and all who hear

swear allegiance

To music….

English: Louis Armstrong, jazz trumpeter Franç...

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37 thoughts on “Ascension

  1. This was a very nice post. I enjoyed reading your blog today very much.

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    Posted by Writing Jobs | January 17, 2012, 3:37 AM
  2. you really, “struck a note” with me on this one! 🙂 LOVE THIS! I actually wrote one you might like! Let me know what you think:



    Posted by Kellie Elmore | January 17, 2012, 9:41 PM
  3. it’s amazing how we react to jazz


    Posted by zongrik | January 17, 2012, 10:31 PM
  4. Music is a wonderfully rich thing! Great write!



    Posted by AudreyHowitt (@AudreyHowitt) | January 17, 2012, 10:36 PM
  5. swearing allegiance myself…this has a wicked beat to it and slips slides off the tongue as its read…well done…


    Posted by brian miller | January 17, 2012, 10:37 PM
  6. Impeccable rhythm! Loved this as much as its predecessor!


    Posted by Mama Zen | January 17, 2012, 11:13 PM
  7. Fantastic! Love “Percussion-Priest breaks bread” just wonderful. Makes me tap my toes to an invisible beat 🙂


    Posted by Indigo Spider | January 18, 2012, 12:29 AM
  8. I love jazz, and both these poems are fine tributes. Love the short lines and formatting of last week’s perhaps just a wee bit better, but maybe that’s just today… 😉


    Posted by Ruth | January 18, 2012, 12:59 AM
    • Yeah *whispering* Improv is my favourite too (Don’t tell Ascension!) LOL

      Different feel this time, but that’s coz I wrote the outline while dropping off to sleep after the show and wrote/crafted the poem the day after. Improv was written pretty much word for word immediately after the show. I did the formatting of the page the next day.


      Posted by bajanpoet | January 18, 2012, 1:23 AM
  9. Love the pace and beat, you captured the essence behind it perfectly.


    Posted by Pat Hatt | January 18, 2012, 1:07 AM
  10. I Love Ella…and Louis too…but it’s her I envision with this musical foray! badabeebobob….Wonderful fun had here today…but I gotta hit the cd collection now…it’s been way too long! Love this!


    Posted by tashtoo | January 18, 2012, 1:40 AM
  11. sweet rhythm here, and loved the half-rhymes and sharp wordplay.


    Posted by siubhan | January 18, 2012, 4:00 AM
  12. oh nice…being an alto sax player myself…i so know what you mean…great!!


    Posted by claudia | January 18, 2012, 5:23 AM
  13. Loved the music of it all.. Beautiful


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    Posted by Shashi (@VerseEveryDay) | January 18, 2012, 7:38 AM
  14. You ride the crest of the music, which has inspired some great wordplay, double entendres, and backbeat metaphor!


    Posted by Charles (@shralec) | January 19, 2012, 2:25 AM
  15. I felt that beat as I read through:) loved this!!!



    Posted by ~L | January 19, 2012, 2:40 AM
  16. Lovely write…really carried the feel and tempo of the music…the emotion of it, enjoyed. Peace to you my friend ~ Rose


    Posted by C Rose | January 19, 2012, 3:44 PM
  17. Count Basie replied, when asked how he would describe his music, “Pat you foot.”
    You have done more than that, for sure, with “Ascension”. Excellent! You earned your sleep from your muse quite well…


    Posted by Lindy Lee | January 19, 2012, 9:35 PM
  18. A brilliant piece, nicely done 🙂


    Posted by Kodjo Deynoo | March 29, 2012, 3:57 PM
  19. An intense write that rhapsodizes the wonder of the greats. Well done.


    Posted by Kim Nelson | March 30, 2012, 3:58 AM

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