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TIME SIGNATURES

 


TIME SIGNATURES

‘Out of Nowhere’, The Dave Brubeck Quartet, 1954

For Roger Street

-         Se├ín Street (U.K.)

 

The jazz those mornings bequeathed to us, deferred

conversations improvised like variations on a theme,

new riffs, fugues and repetitions, always

finding a way to make a song out of kinship.

 

You know that moment on Jazz Goes to College,

side one, track two, near the end: question and answer ,

call and response between Paul and Dave?

That’s us right there, duetting as we come to the coda.

 

An overdue flowering of friends’ counterpoint,

a lifetime to discover one another river’s

width apart. What if it’s late in the day

to sign our names on Time? No matter, worth it.

 

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