Hope Is a Blue Note

Hope is a blue note on a jazz-worn clarinet a chromatic

piano chord dissonant and handsome a minor modal

song sung diaphragmatically strong a silence between

hymn and homiletic puzzling it holds the day in

a miter-cornered frame setting off the eyes of the

hopeful like sapphires hope is a run on sentence waiting

for some punctuation to signify an end or a pause

or an unknowing or an exclamation of what is yet to come that

is better or beautiful or at least makes what is now worth

the long, melodic, sorrowful, endless, wonderful wait


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