Blue Rondeau, revised

...with Rondelet epigraph...

A revision of this piece, 
written in early December, on the death of Dave Brubeck.  
Looking at this a while back, I realized that I completely 
missed a line in the rondeau form 
and finally got around to fixing it.


You made meter
analytic and yet profound.	
You made meter
part of sound that then grew sweeter.
Then you took jazz and capped and gowned
it, and with all you found around
you, made meter.


You made meter a household word
we all hung onto like a bird.
We all wanted to be that free.
You made it possible to see
deeper into rhythms now heard
every day, all around us, spurred
deeper delvings into our world
of pattern and texture.  For me,	
you made meter
a thing that I could touch, that stirred
in me a poet, though much blurred 
by time and fickle memory.
I am now still, able to see, 
now surfacing, how disinterred,
you make meter.

8 thoughts on “Blue Rondeau, revised

  1. wow, i think i missed this one when it was originally written… happy you got around to reviewing it, or i would never have gotten to see this wonderful piece. marvelous work, JC – as always.


    • Thank you Jilanne–It had not occurred to me. This was just something I felt compelled to write, loved the idea of the pun in the title/form and just went with it. Never thought of taking it anywhere further.
      Thank you for that vote of confidance. We have a local jazz radio station here as well, so I will consider it…


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