“Just For, Only On This One Day” — a poem by Alan Yount

July 16th, 2019







Just For, Only On This One Day


I have not heard
all the jazz
or understand
it all.

today though,
upright bass players sam jones
and niels-henning orsted pedersen,
seem to be in my musical favor.

but be with it today,
with what you are listening to.

and be with it today, with what your day
only has going on:

just for …

hearing what’s being played:

only, on this “one” day.



By Alan Yount






Alan Yount, 71, has written and published poetry for over 50 years. His many poems have appeared over the years in publications such as WestWard Quarterly (where he was invited to be the Featured Writer and Poet for the summer, 2018 issue), Big Scream, Green’s Magazine (Canada), Spring: the Journal of the E.E. Cummings Society (academic journal), Wind, Legend, Roanoke Review, Tidepool, Art Centering Magazine (Zen Center of Hawaii), Wormwood Review, Palo Alto Review, Barefoot Grass Journal, Frontier: Custom & Archetype, Modern Haiku, and The Pegasus Review.

He has been in three anthologies: Passionate Hearts (New World Library), Sunflowers and Locomotives: Songs for Allen Ginsberg (published by Nada Press and the poet David Cope). Alan was one of 31 poets along with Gary Snyder and Lawrence Ferlinghetti. The third anthology was The Chrysalis Reader.

Alan also plays jazz trumpet, and has led his own dance band. He is a direct descendant of the famous frontiersman, Daniel Boone.






Listen to Double Bass, a 1976 album by Niels-Henning Orsted Pederson and Sam Jones







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3 comments on ““Just For, Only On This One Day” — a poem by Alan Yount”

  1. I like the poem, good beginning, good ending, that’s what I’m looking for. Haven’t thought of NHOP for a long time!

  2. John: Thanks so much! Speaking of NHOP, have you heard Niels, “Friends Forever.” Absolutely one of his best. He is a master of playing harmonics!!!!!!

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