Five Kinds of Music
by Harmony Hodges
Classical I had a bonnet at first
Fresh from a fancy Parisian boutique
Filled with accoutrements for dolls
She bought me
She stepped outside to the street of cafes
Where delicate teacups whispered as they
Greeted tiny saucers
Jazz She clicked her new heels against the
Passed artists wearing berets
I heard the rim ram meows from the cat
A lost rendition of a bygone era
Country She decelerated
As she approached the park
She sat on a bench
There was a baguette in the bag with me
We all three watched the sun set. So pretty.
But she got up
I fell out of the bag
My blue heart broke as her honky tonk boots
Did the do-si-do away with the other
And left me fallen
Until the break of dawn
Rock Dark ebony dawn
Clang clang spokes?
Grinded the path
Of former war filled righteous anger
A group of pubescent simians
The spotlight on the alpha solo
And there it was
Kicked in my head
I landed in a mosh pit of clover below a
One eye socket shattered
But I could still see a giant metal
Look at those PLAT FORM SHOES
The letter A?
It’s clear – the Eiffel Tower
Grunge Kicked again
Through ditches and broken glass
Trash bin in the alley
Rotten scraps, putrid ephemera
Antique Louvre tickets
Ancient pamphlets and programs
Announcements peppered with
Cinnamon pretzel crumbs
The footsteps again
I saw the holy shoes. Boys?
I didn’t want to be painted neon orange!
Their hair needed combed, they smelled
Worse than I did
They examined my angles in the last of
One still saw my beauty
He carried me away over his shoulder
Sweaty patchouli t-shirt
Then dangled me by one foot and that’s
Where I saw
A vintage concert ticket
It said something lovely…
Harmony Hodges lives in the Pacific Northwest and writes poetry and fiction. More of her work can be found in several poetry anthologies on Amazon, edited by A.J. Huffman.
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