for my father
old piano in the garage upright, carved jazz floated through the neighborhood late afternoon, night who knew when jazz floated neighbors knew who it was over there on Cascade Drive jazz floating through the neighborhood hot summers, cold winters against a garage wall jazz into the breezeway across the grass out Cascade, up and down Overhill Drive jazz jazz jazz progressions to die for heart to hands heart on the keys jazz passion for the garage passion for the dog passion for the trees jazz passion for the birds passion for the street passion for jazz jazz jazz jazz
© 1997 Leslye Layne Russell
This poem was published in Portfolio North in 2004
and in the December 1997 issue of One Dog Press.