olawale famodun

Freshman - 722 Points (Lagos Island)

Union Of Jazz - Poem by olawale famodun

We are all gathered here
In Cotton Club downtown Harlem:
We are all here,
Young and old (maybe medium too) ,
White and blue (or black and red) singing in one voice, because
Swing is only one swing.
Different languages
Have emerged as one,
And fusion has been
The midwife of our innovative culture.
We gather here from Ife to Harlem,
Reminiscing over
The spiritual rhythm of New Orleans,
And getting
Its special effect to inspirit us.
We no hurt anybody
When we sing Jazz:
Maintaining upbeat with focused stress, my dear.
We gather to enjoy
What suited us, and
From bars to brothels
The medium to express our enjoyment of
Foxtrot, rag, charleston and shimmy.

Topic(s) of this poem: unity

Form: Free Verse


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Poem Submitted: Friday, November 6, 2015



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