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dVerse — quadrille 110 — real good for free

Busking by Clarinet Photograph by John Haldane
Busking by Clarinet is a photograph by John Haldane

 

Real good for free

slipping out of k-count silk
into carrie bradshaw blahniks,
now clicking down fifth avenue.
there — a busker bum with
a clarinet. now jaywalking, she
stands near enough to smell
the cooking high notes.
stunned, brimming with props,
lunch at the carlton can wait

 

 

My title and poem are tributes to Joni Mitchell’s song, “Real Good for Free.”  Miles of Aisles was recorded live at Pine Knob Music Theater in the village of Clarkston, Michigan.

 

Whimsy Gizmo (De Jackson) is today’s host at dVerse.  De says:
Get off your bum and brandish us a poem of exactly 44 words (not including the title), and be sure to blast in some form of the word bum. Bum-rush a rhyme. Go wild with hyphens. Have fun with sound bump. Just be sure to buzz us your best bum poem, and share it here!

 

54 thoughts on “dVerse — quadrille 110 — real good for free

    1. No but am guessing a mob scene? I’ve seen U2 busking in the NYC subway and Eddie Vedder busking outside of the baseball stadium in Chicago (on youtubes of course.)

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  1. Very beautifully written! Loved these lines the most:

    “into carrie bradshaw blahniks,
    now clicking down fifth avenue.
    there — a busker bum with
    a clarinet.”

    So vivid and utterly descriptive!

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  2. One of my most favourite Joni songs, Lisa. I used to sing it when I still had a voice, before adult onset asthma, and I used it as a creative writing prompt when I was teaching. I love the rhythm of the phrase ‘now clicking down fifth avenue’ and the idea that a busker bum with a clarinet can come between a woman in Blahniks and lunch at the Carlton!

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    1. I knew you would like this, Kim and pleased to hear you used to sing it and used it as a creative writing prompt. I bet you got some good responses and I hope your students took away the lesson you were teaching them with it. Thanks for the comment.

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  3. This has such a natural flow and rhythm to it, Lisa 😀 I love; “a busker bum with
    a clarinet. now jaywalking, she stands near enough to smell the cooking high notes.”

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  4. Joni and Leonard Cohen are constant Muses for me. When I lived in CA, I drove home (WA state) several times a year, cruising at 90 on I-5, in my Impala super sport convertible with the top down, with Joni and the Beatles blasting from my speakers.

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  5. Well done! Good wordplay.
    A few years back would have had no idea what “Carrie Bradshaw blahniks are” but my sweetie loves ‘Sex & the City’ so now I do. Not a favorite show of mine but I was able to work references to it into my novel, since the protagonist is a 30-something woman set when the series was running.

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    1. aha! I used to love watching the show. This was in the day where one had to wait a week for each new episode. Now we can binge watch series over a weekend. Glad you enjoyed the poem, Dave 🙂

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