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"... brevity is the soul of wit ..."
- William Shakespeare

Nathan Nicolau


The Morning Astrud Gilberto Died

These June days get hotter
to baptize in the cool waters of jazz.
When the news came, I was drenched
in sweat moving out of my apartment
while thinking about how
Sailors used to sing about the ocean,
but never said it spoke Portuguese.
Brazil's sea shanties,
Astrud sauntered through
the beaches of my mind
as I boxed up my towels.