Friday, July 18, 2014


My Muse is off in Cincinnati so again
The very old one, who speaks mostly
In Linear B, has been coming by

My Greek is very bad. So bad, in fact,
That Great Athena herself warned me
To stop ever trying to speak it.

Still, I understand a little. We manage,
(For the most part) the old muse and I.

Lately, whatever music I put on she changes
To Johnny Dodds and His Black Bottom Stompers
Playing “Wild Man Blues” (Armstrong on trumpet)

“That’s what jazz should sound like,” she says
“That’s how we played it when I was young
And jazz came up the river to Knossos.”

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