by Lawrence J. Klumas
Old vinyl LP records silent in protective sleeves,
Skillfully designed artful cover,
Informative back page liner notes —
Waiting for conductor to downbeat.
First record selected,
Jazz saxophone – west coast cool–
Two of a Mind, Desmond & Mulligan.
Slide record out carefully,
Warmed up amplifier ready to please.
Nimbly place on heavy turntable.
Lightly let quality cartridge catch the groove,
Hear it slide onto opening track.
That beautiful sound – ah-h-h – rich, throaty.
The way music should be listened to,
On pure vinyl,
Like – you’re there.
Lawrence J. Klumas has written poetry since 1958, and continued writing for his engineering profession — but, most recently re-immersed himself into poetry with a passion. He has been published in Que sais-je, on-line atJerryJazzMusician, Diocesan Messenger. He contributes a poem weekly to the Fallbrook, CA Episcopal Church newsletter. He has a chapbook submitted for San Diego Book Awards.
He is a retired USAF officer, an engineer, a Viet Nam veteran, and a past Assoc VP Occidental College (Facilities). He has a BS In Business Administration (with a minor in Literature) from Eastern Nazarene College, and both a BS and MS in Industrial Engineering from Arizona State University.