On Writing

Poem 37 – I Dare You

I Dare You

Dizzy
busy bebop maker
proud prankster
mystic mentor
kind kidnapper of
Phil Woods (1956)

Dizzy
his cheeks proclamations
to the power of breath
bursting barriers
on the trumpet’s 
slippery soul

Dizzy
his fingers testaments
to the deliverance of
divine demonstrations 
of complex syncopation
trigger happy
valve vivacious
harmonious chops
that lick embers
into fast jiving flames

Dizzy
just listen: 
Salt peanuts
Cubana Be-Cubana Bop
Manteca

Listen hard &
try not to move
I dare you

be moved


John Birks ‘Dizzy’ Gillespie

Research: https://www.arts.gov/stories/jazz-moments/phil-woods-being-kidnapped-dizzy#audio-file

https://www.arts.gov/honors/jazz/john-birks-dizzy-gillespie

2 thoughts on “Poem 37 – I Dare You

  1. *snaps her fingers*

    On Sat, Feb 6, 2021 at 10:53 AM VANESSA SHIELDS, writer wrote:

    > Vanessa Shields posted: ” I Dare You Dizzybusy bebop makerproud > prankstermystic mentorkind kidnapper ofPhil Woods (1956) Dizzyhis cheeks > proclamationsto the power of breathbursting barrierson the > trumpet’s slippery soul Dizzyhis fingers testamentsto the deliverance ” >

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  2. Hi Vanessa,

    The trumpet has always fascinated me- and, it does require “breath”.

    Louis Armstrong is my all-time favourite- a musical wonder!

    Sometimes, a musical instrument is “more than that”- your poem shows this reality!

    >

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