Carpe Diem Sparkling Stars *James A. Emanuel (1921-2013) “jazz-haiku”*

This week the source of inspiration on Carpe Diem Sparkling Stars is an American poet James A. Emanuel and his four haiku, written about Mahalia Jackson:

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« I sing the LORD’S songs »
(psalms once tough to stay alive,
alarm clock on five).

Cinnamon cheeks, Lord,
cornbread smile. SONGS feed your ribs
when you’re hungry, chile.

Washboard certainties,
soldierly grace, text and style
in her brimming face.

Your hand on your heart,
her voice in your ear: pilgrim,
rest easy. Sit here.

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I tried not to wander too far from the same mood and spirit while writing mine:

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smoothly seducing
from the stage in a downtown bar
the sounds of his trumpet

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Carpe Diem’s Little Ones *Shadorma*

Today our Carpe Diem host Chèvrefeuille has introduced “Shadorma” – a poetry form from Spain. Shadorma consists of a six-line stanza (or sestet), written in 3/5/3/3/7/5 syllable form.There can be one stanza or an unlimited number of them (a series of shadormas) in a poem.

I decided to give it a try:

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of ending summer
last tango
still echoes
between broken bar chair legs
burnt copper sunrise

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