Saturday, November 10, 2012

"The Noble Rise Above"

This is a poem by William Crawford, read aloud by me (mispronouncing "centimes"):

The Noble Rise Above

the first time
Coltrane played Paris
the French booed
and threw copper centimes
at him

Coltrane just
closed his eyes
raw oceans gentling

and listened to
the sound of pennies
tapping the wood
of the stage

it reminded him
of rain falling down
onto the tin roof
of his first home

Coltrane mimicked
that sound with his horn
then quoted
Pennies from Heaven
for safe measure.

Copyright © 2012, William Crawford

-- from his new book of poems Actual Tigers (Edgar & Lenore's Publishing House)


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