When the Bird is playing

Go play it slowly Charlie
play it higher, play with birds,
play it easy play it snarly
for you it’s not been hard

to quiver quavers, jam the night
till the dawn comes breaking.
Go play on, this feels right
when my body’s shaking,

snared to bass and hi-hats;
your jazz is hazy, cool and crazy
when you lay me gently b-flat
wasted, pushing up the daisies.

Go play it slowly Charlie
play it higher, play with birds,
play it teasing play it snarly
for you it’s sometimes hard.


Linked to Sunday Muse and Poetry Pantry.

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September 22, 2019

24 responses to “When the Bird is playing

  1. Of course playing well is hard! But, oh, the hazy, cool, and crazy music! I love this poem, Björn. It sings to me!

  2. I love the rhythm and rhyme of this. I once lived in an old store where a weathered old seagull named Charlie came for scraps every mealtime on the porch.

  3. “lay me gently b-flat wasted” – what an awesome line! As a jazz lover myself, I am completely grateful for this poem this morning, walking us through life with rhythm and rhyme. Truly lovely!

  4. You’ve captured the jazz in this poem, Björn, and have incorporated some beautiful onomatopoeic and rhyming riffs. I particularly love:
    ‘play it easy play it snarly’;
    ‘…quiver quavers, jam the night’
    and
    ‘snared to bass and hi-hats;
    your jazz is hazy, cool and crazy’.

  5. This is wonderful Bjorn!! I love the rhyme and jazzy flow of it! The 3rd stanza is amazing! Charlie’s Jazz is cool and crazy! Thanks for joining us at the muse!! 😎

  6. I was wondering if this was Charlie Parker as I was reading it–I think if Mozart were alive today, he would be a jazz musician–loved the musicality of this piece–the rhythm and the consonant pinginess of it

  7. I love the jazz of the poem to playing jazz, “lay be gently, b-flat wasted, pushing up daisies”, Sweet!

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