A brief introduction
a spatter of polite applause
recognizable, derivative tunes
played in the manner of someone
famous
so we can make them
and us
believe something
musical is happening

it fits
in dark barrooms,
with red spot lights
fetid washrooms
and comely cocktail waitresses
in short skirts and boobs
and a certain look in their eye
when you slip them a bigger tip
than you should

 or would if they
       didn't have that short skirt
               the boobs and the look

jazz ain't just music
and its not some socialogical
experiment a Ph. D. candidate can
test theories on
it is a metaphor
 and music
  and feeling
   and wailing
   and screaming
     begging
     hoping
       loving
hating
 

exerpts from 12 Bar Blues by Jack Leissring

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