Jazz Man and Views (Reverb) – dVerse MTB

brother believe in your silver-spangled skill-set

stand on the shore, survey the scene

let your guitar sing, reverberate those rhythms

play it again boy, play it with ease


brother believe in your power and your glory

step all aboard, anchors set free

dive into those oceans, manipulate that music

play it all night boy, play with the breeze


brother believe, bring back your tall tales

return to the harbour, head held high

hold fast to the memories, they’ll last you a lifetime

play with your youth boy, play and believe.


I’ll be honest, this is an old poem I posted back in 2013. I’ll be more honest – I’m a little empty on the inspiration front  with regards to thinking about a subject matter AND meter tonight. Sometimes it happens, right?

Anyway, I wanted to take part in the dVerse fun (and on the right day!), so here it is. My brother has just come back from another stint working as a guitarist on a cruise ship, so this is a little welcome home for him.

I also read this out at a poetry slam a couple of years ago – nerve-wracking though it was, I had such fun, and the audience were fabulous.

For those of you who have stumbled across my blog, if you want to read and even take part in dVerse Meeting the Bar, do head on over to the website. We’re a friendly, welcoming crowd and there’s always something good going on.

Thank you to Victoria for hosting tonight!

29 thoughts on “Jazz Man and Views (Reverb) – dVerse MTB

  1. Oh, I really love how you mixed meters to create a feeling of welcome but also encouragement for your brother. I have no problem myself with reposting older poems. We’ve all been there. Perhaps reading others and playing with meter will help you get back in the mood. Meter has been a go-to for me before when I’ve been stuck.

  2. Like so many forms we are prompted to write on MTB, to some extent, we already have been kind of incorporating the technique/form into our work already. This piece was rife with iambs, & hey, I do love me poetics about jazz men; wrote a few myself.

  3. What a great tribute to your guitar-playing brother. Your poem is new to me too and seems to fit the prompt so why not. Nothing wrong with a little “recycling.”

  4. I agree with Victoria about the mixed meters creating a feeling of welcome and encouragement. I could hear a tune while I read it. Have you thought of asking your brother to put it to music?

  5. “play with your youth boy, play and believe.” — love this piece! I do so enjoy the musicians who do the work on the cruise ships while we do the lounging and enjoying! 🙂 So I’ve always wondered, what happens at a poetry slam? What is it exactly?

    1. Thank you, Lilian! Poetry slam – the one I went to had an open invite to anyone attending to stand up at the mike (eek!) and read out any of our poetry that we chose. There was a real mix of people (a lot of postgrads on the local university creative writing course, so that was quite awe-inspiring!). They also had an author read from his latest novel – he was fantastic. There was a great vibe – so much fun!

  6. There is something about playing a little jazz on a cruise ship that is “Casablancaish”…if you don’t mind the comparison. It is his expressing himself that comes through in the meter of your poem.

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