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Ilaro


This poem was inspired by listening to some pumping jazz – especially a musical conversation between a violin and a saxophone … Big ups to Naniki Jazz Safari for an awesome weekend!  For those who are not Barbadian – the title of this piece is a nod to the location for this particular day’s event – Ilaro Court, the official residence of our Prime Minister.  (Like the FB page here and see what was going on from Thursday to Monday!) 

(Also will enter this into Dverse Poetry Pub for Open Link Night at 3 EST – Check it out!)

Ilaro

Bum-bum-badum-
badum-bum-bum

Bum-bum-badum-
badum-bum-bum

Rhythmic ripples
Air wrinkles
Atmosphere clear
for lift off

Music:
Magic carpet
floating through the ear

Cares
Slipping
away

I look down

Problems still bound
To land; ground
Their permanent home –

But, me?

I’m
on musical ecstasy …

So high it should be illegal
Hitting it hard

Every note
sends me higher –

I’ll soon surpass my frequent flier
Miles

All smiles
While grooving to
another
saxy spliff

Taking another whiff
Of scatting

Speaking

Sax
and Violin
Conversing

I’m all in
Tears

As music enthralls me

And jazz calls me
towards the highest peak.

Ilaro Court - Michael Ward

Photograph by Andrew Browne

Photograph by Andrew Browne

About PassionPoet

Wordsmith. Spoken word artist. I inhale words and exhale poetry.....

Discussion

26 thoughts on “Ilaro

  1. “But, me?

    I’m
    on musical ecstasy …”

    Now THAT s my kind of dope! Sweet, sweet write my friend. My head was nodded at the “Bum-bum-badum-
    badum-bum-bum” !

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    Posted by Raivenne | January 22, 2013, 8:43 PM
  2. Love it…
    Aside from dreams music is our one true escape.

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    Posted by Aria | January 22, 2013, 8:53 PM
  3. I’m not a big fan of jazz, though I do love a good saxophone. But still I loved this poem because I could relate to being at a concert and having the music lift me above all my problems, leaving them bound to the ground as I soar with the music. Peace, Linda

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    Posted by Linda Kruschke | January 22, 2013, 9:16 PM
  4. Love the adventure! The journey…the music…your words pick us up and put us in the mix…and the photos are fantastic…color me slightly envious!

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    Posted by tashtoo | January 22, 2013, 9:50 PM
  5. ha i like how you start by bringing us just a bit of the music…the bass line…and then your words flow nicely from there….music def moves me…takes me places….nicely done in your words sir…

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    Posted by brian miller | January 22, 2013, 10:02 PM
  6. I love this!

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    Posted by Sweetish | January 22, 2013, 11:30 PM
  7. fabulous rhythm and music in this, love me some jazz! you played it out well…

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    Posted by kelly | January 23, 2013, 1:18 AM
  8. I’d love to hear you read this – the Bajan accent is one of my fondest memories from my early days of working in the BBC West Indian Service. And we had some good jam sessions then, too, 60 years ago!

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    Posted by vivinfrance | January 23, 2013, 8:05 AM
  9. I love Jazz and I love this poem, Bajanpoet. Groovey and excellent writing.

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    Posted by PoetJanstie | January 23, 2013, 11:45 AM
  10. My brother keep on bringing your flava to this poetic life. I love it

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    Posted by Flenardo Taylor | January 23, 2013, 2:29 PM
  11. Awesome piece – Makes me want to hunt for some jazz clubs.

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    Posted by kimorlisa | January 23, 2013, 5:17 PM
  12. Two thumbs up.
    “Magic carpet
    floating through the ear”
    ‘ear’ tickled a smile out of me 🙂

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    Posted by Nekisha CD Lewis | January 23, 2013, 10:29 PM
  13. Beautiful. I feel the same when I listen to cello. I used to play violin 🙂

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    Posted by hastywords | January 30, 2013, 10:36 PM

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