January 19: “Blue Note” by Day Williams



A saxophone player on 32nd Street

Squeezed a note from his loins

and his guts and his heart,


Filched a note from the space

between the earth and the moon,


Caressed a note for a woman

with green eyes,


Smuggled a note from the tenements,

the smoke-filled bars

and the garbage-strewn streets,


a blue note


That soared up the skyscrapers’ bellies

And sauntered over a funeral procession

on Seventh Avenue,


a blue note


That glided over the college students

who lounged in the sun at Washington Square,

Spun round,


And drifted into the harbor,

Plunged into the ocean

and fell asleep.

~Day Williams


January 12: Abundance

January 12

There were times my pants were so thin I could sit on a dime and tell if it was heads or tails.
~Spencer Tracy. Spencer Bonaventure Tracy (1900 – 1967) was an American actor.

We were so poor my daddy unplugged the clocks when we went to bed.
~Chris Rock, (born 1965), American comedian, actor, screenwriter, drama and television producer, film producer and director

Wealth–any income that is at least one hundred dollars more a year than the income of one’s wife’s sister’s husband.
~H.L. Mencken. Henry Louis “H. L.” Mencken (1880 – 1956) was an American journalist, essayist, magazine editor, satirist, acerbic critic of American life and culture, and a scholar of American English.


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