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Chet Baker’s Blue Note


Take a note slightly flat

with barely a breath, listen for

a bird singing in that air.


The note departs slowly, sadly, 

waiting while a cloud changes shape,

something almost promised.


The eyes cannot hold it,

the ears will not grasp its form

yet the heart remembers it well


as a wind tearing a map

from the fingers, watching it

blowing away, not chasing it.



[Originally published in NHS 2001, http://www.poetspath.com/napalm/nhs01/rixon.html.]