“The Jazz Singer” — a poem by Marc Livanos

July 22nd, 2017

The Jazz Singer
Clear my palate
so my mind wanders.
Flap down sweet                                                           
childhood memories.
Bare endless fields
of willowy cotton.
Open up vistas 
of live oak stands.
Lead me to cloudless
blue collar skies.
Take me to downhome
courteous ways.
Carry me to carefree
mischievous days.
Help me sing
the blues.
Fill my tip jar with
much needed appreciation.
Marc Livano’s poems appear in Straylight Magazine, POEM, Sheepshead Review, Artifact Nouveau, Old Red Kimono, Ship of Fools, Foliate Oak Literary Magazine, Wordeater, jerryjazzmusician, Poets’ Espresso Review, Song of the San Joaquin Quarterly, Toasted Cheese Literary Journal, The Sunday Poet, Red River Review, Miller’s Pond and other journals
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    1. Thank you. I was at Tootsie’s in Nashville and a jazz singer my age was playing for tips that few were leaving. I knew he was grasping for inspiration and wrote the poem. Mar Livanos Milton’s Poet Laureate

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