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Miles Davis stood behind

the new tenor sax man,

hired for the album,

who thought

he was giving his soul

to the song, but Miles

growled in his ear,

“You already said that,”

and with a back scratcher

whacked at his back.


Tonight I said again

the same words

I always say—

come to dinner,

time for bed,

do your homework

brush your teeth,

sweet dreams—


and felt that old stick

on my back, heard

the gravel in the growl,

and when I turned

out the light I went ahead

and said the same old words

again anyway, but said ’em slow—

I love you—

the syllables lingering

in the dark, breathy,

warm, kinda blue.



(with thanks to Joel Long for the story about his sax teacher)

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