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Thursday, August 18, 2011


Mingus On Saturday

For Norma

After sudden squalls swept the bay
and our green tea sat steeping,
“Sophisticated Lady”
filled the bedroom: the Duke
drawn through the imagination
of Charles Mingus,
A lazy afternoon.

The quintet at its peak in ’64,
the year I graduated, never suspecting
love would come forty-six years later
to lift us wild with joy
as that bass solo shaping his moment
and ours.


Norma West Linder and James Deahl

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