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Charlie Parker

Did you
think about Charlie
when his heart

against the
against the ice …

did you
think about
the gifts he gave

from spirit genius
crazy mad
cat out of control

and have you ever
screamed Charlie Parker!
just for the hell of it?

good God,
if you had to take the bird
why did you
leave us so many turkeys?

and now,
what would the bebop angel feel
looking down & listening
or looking up – ears burning

would Birdman think
when he realized
rock & roll
wasn’t the worst of it?

we have
shamed your memory
and innovations, Mr. Parker
but truly
it is your fault

as you
are not around

to remind us.

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