Babel Jazz

Art by Ross Eccles

 

From minor to augmented (egos)
you inverted perverted sevenths and ninths stacked too high and tight like crumbling tenements and
trump tower trumpettes blaring cries for deployment, displacement,
their own decadence.
Dissonance.
The tesserae of wild flying life
the pursuit of caffeinated virtue in
my roaring twenties and twentieth-century aftermath
An improbable mosaic for the mathematically inclined:
Oils and piss and turpentine thrown onto the tabula rasa
Orchestras and cocaine and sad sex
Anxiety-laced straight A’s and decades of pay days without a raise
Cosmic Christ Consciousness and talkin God with the runaways of Wicker Park–
So there’s poor Pythagoras giving birth to hypote-nooses out in that shadeless oasis, suffocating trying to connect A to B while his contemporaries burn alive wilting their tarot deck.
Their treasured oracle spells their demise, accelerated by pleasure.
Static on the radio, they changed the name of the coming holiday to

SHOPPING BAGS!

Come desert storm, let their shit carriers and their shortcuts be engulfed along with their voodoo cards.
Tower falls (how many times?)
.
Just as sloppy, same old cycle
.
.
Chord falls
.
.
.
To a primordial hum…

©2017, Amaya Engleking

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13 comments

  1. Chagall · 10 Days Ago

    …the tonic. —CC

    • Gospel Isosceles · 5 Days Ago

      I think so. But if chaos always ensues, can we ever actually start over?

      • Chagall · 5 Days Ago

        Hmm…perhaps we modulate up or down a half-tone and reprise the theme?

  2. oldepunk · 10 Days Ago

    AMAZING Amaya!!

    • Gospel Isosceles · 5 Days Ago

      Thanks, D! Haven’t had reliable internet all month so haven’t been around much. Still, it made my day to see your shares.

      • oldepunk · 5 Days Ago

        So very much my pleasure my friend 🙏💚

  3. oldepunk · 10 Days Ago

    Reblogged this on RamJet Poetry and commented:
    Amaya speaks the Truth

  4. Orvillewrong · 10 Days Ago

    Beautifully rambling!

  5. N. Ian McCarthy · 9 Days Ago

    An elusive melody or two in this one, true to its name. I enjoy the tower motif—pagan, Judeo-Christian, and contemporary allusions.

    “Tower falls (how many times?)”

    According to the cards? Always (doesn’t matter if it’s gold-plated). Crisp.

  6. qbit · 9 Days Ago

    Fantastic. So many amazing lines. “tesserae of wild flying life” is amazing, but so was everything else.

  7. Sudden Denouement · 8 Days Ago
  8. m lewis redford · 6 Days Ago

    truly a Beat poem

  9. Harry Miller · 2 Days Ago

    inverted perverted sevenths and ninths stacked too high and tight like crumbling tenements
    Oils and piss and turpentine thrown onto the tabula rasa

    Gramercy.

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