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Issue # 8 September 2012
"... brevity is the soul of wit ..."
- William Shakespeare

Mark J. Mitchell

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Jazz Radio

For Herself on her birthday


Between all those long improvisations
that keep you distracted while she's gone,
torch singers breathe out standards.
The blithe melodies tickle and the intricate
rhymes play you like a game. You listen often
while she's on the road, your apartment empty,
knowing that each perfect love song
was written only to honor her.