Chet Baker In Paris
In September of that year
when Paris had not yet turned her leaves
into pigments of dry reds and burnt umber,
you played your melodious trumpet sounds,
no mawkish phrases, no murmurings
sinking into the false twists, just cool jazz.
When all is said and done, no one
loved you more than your trumpet,
sending its small, lovely notes to the
night winds near Club St. Germain?
You played, “Those Foolish Things”,
“Tenderly” and “Summertime” with sad
trumpet walks on stage at the Salle Pleyel,
your phrases clear,
soft heat in April?
everything happening to you.
Luis Lazaro Tijerina is a military historian, a published poet, easel painter, and soccer coach. He was was born in Salina, Kansas and is of Mexican American descent. He currently lives in Burlington, Vermont
Chet Baker plays “Time After Time,” a 1964 recording