“Innovator” and “…And it Comes with Rain and Jazz” — two poems by Mike Faran

July 11th, 2016

“Harmonica Player,” by Mindy Newman

harmonica

 

 

Innovator

T-Bone Williams was the first
to use the
double-D harmonica &

he employed some lyrics that
seemed compatible —
this was way before Bobby
Dylan

sometime in the late ‘40s when
he did his 12-string
guitar experiments

But T-Bone was never signed to
a label,
instead he was assigned to
the streets

The last time I heard him play was
down on the corner of
Pico & Hoover

where he was trying out some new
jazz using
large bottles of Thunderbird

against 4-sheets of hard wind

_____

 

 

. . . And it Comes with Rain and Jazz

A lady-friend recently said
I needed to go out to the East Coast
to get a different perspective,
that I really should sell my
surfboard,
shit-can the tanning lotion and go
to where life is lived in

the raw jazzed-up nights of
Harlem and Brooklyn
have cocktails on The Hudson
ride the subways and don’t forget
the ‘Village where Dylan sang

My lady-friend said she’d buy me a
one-way ticket . . .

Stay at least three years, maybe five,
take in the museums,
See what Salinger was telling us in
The ‘Catcher . . .

AND you can walk right into the editors’
offices and toss your poems right there
on the desks –
won ’t have to wait a year for your
rejection slips!

The more she yapped,
the more I wanted to cling to the coastlines of
California, Oregon, and Washington

The more she squawked,
the more I wanted to introduce her to the
underground jazz-band in the
San Francisco Bay

 

 

_____

 

 

Mike Faran lives in Ventura, Ca. as a retired lobster trap builder. He is the author of We Go To A Fire (Penury Press) and is a Pushcart Prize nominee. His work has been published in Atlanta Review, Rattle, The Haight Ashbury Literary Journal, and Slant.

 

 

 

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