Thursday, February 18, 2016

Two Poems by Erren Geraud Kelly

The Child with the Saxophone

the child with the saxophone
picks it up
and blows out god's voice
she reads eudora welty
until the pages are dog-eared
she knows that you don't
just play jazz you feel jazz
"you're a fool" she tells him
"you watch too much t.v.
angels don't dance on the head
of a bobby pin
and angels don't have wings
the garbage man could be
your angel"
she waits outside with her tongue
out happily on overcast days
because she knows god is rain

Moving a Piano

Me and my co-worker
Only got as far as the fifth floor
Flight of stairs
He slipped and
It got away from us
As the piano careened joyfully
Down the stairs
I heard flashes of Liberace's
Shameless peacock
Or maybe it was
Billy Joel's
Effortless way with a melody
The piano tumbled end over end as it
Went down and I swore
Elton John was looking for
His yellow brick
Black and white keys
Spilled on the stairwell
The musical ingredients
That made up
Tori Amos would've loved it
An old upright Yamaha
It landed at
The bottom of the
With an atonal crash
Keith Jarrett or John Cage
Would've loved

Erren Geraud Kelly is a Pushcart nominated poet from Seattle, and has been writing for 25 years and has over 150 publications in print and online in such publications as Hiram Poetry Review, Mudfish, Poetry Magazine (online), Ceremony, Cactus Heart, Similar Peaks, Gloom Cupboard, Poetry Salzburg and other publications.  The most recent publication was in The Rain Party and Disaster Society.  Also has been published in anthologies such as Fertile Ground and Beyond the Frontier.  Work can also be seen on YouTube under the "Gallery Cabaret" links.

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