leonard daranjo


Melodically Speaking - A Humble Tribute To Charlie Parker - A Legendary Jazz Saxophonist - Poem by leonard daranjo

Shot out of space
Like a blazing comet
You impacted the planet
Leaving behind
A giant crater
You took and still do
Take us
On frantic excursions
Through the labyrinth
Of your enigmatic and powerful mind
You offered your soul up
Like a bouquet of variegated flowers
So that
Kindred spirits
Could nestle in and wallow among
The fragrant petals
Where were you
Before you arrived
Did you walk among the stars
Did you befriend the planets
Did you first hear those notes in space
Because, when you revealed your repertoire,
People were stunned into silence
They had never heard anything like it before
Now everyone who traverses that path
Cant help but sound like you
Your exit was as tumultuous as your entrance
Your life, though brief,
Was rewardingly productive
You left us
With a message in our hearts
A tear in our eyes
And a smile on our lips
The world silently awaits
For another of your kind
No one has turned up so far
And perhaps no one
Ever will


Written while listening to a track entitled “I didn’t know what time it was” by this incredible musician who has long since passed on.


Comments about Melodically Speaking - A Humble Tribute To Charlie Parker - A Legendary Jazz Saxophonist by leonard daranjo

  • (11/5/2008 11:49:00 PM)


    Thanks for this beautiful poem, I wish Parker was alive to read it! I am an ardent
    lover of classical Jazz music, and have a selected collection. Last year I had written a poem, - 'Tribute To Jazz Music'; I have forwarded it today, after reading your inspiring poem.Kindly also read my 'Jazz Composition Titled-The Other Side
    of Time', when you find time.Thank you once again!
    -Raj Nandy
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  • (8/2/2007 11:37:00 PM)


    A wonderful tribute to a saxophonist without parallel. If you haven't, listen to 'Loverman' which he was forced to play at a studio (where he was booked for a recording session) after being brought to from a state of drunken unconsciousness. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Poem Edited: Tuesday, March 22, 2011


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