Broadway Boogie Woogie

Count Basie – Basie Boogie

Come on my beauty
Stop being all broody
Put on a dress, get out of your pajama

Come on sweet cookie
Stop looking so gloomy
Paint your lips, forget all the drama

I know the stage is all quiet and spooky
I know we all feel sad and droopy
We’ll turn on the lights and tune the piano

Fill the place with laughter and goofy
With everything that makes life goody goody
I won’t let my love wilt in the shadow

Tell the piano player to play the boogie woogie
We’ll dance ‘til we’re all happy and woozy
Let’s us hear again your soaring soprano


Written for tonight’s Poetics: The Poet as Painter prompt at dVerse. Where Laura asks us to choose one title of modern and contemporary abstract art and write a painterly poem – in other words, paint a picture that we imagine fits the title.

I chose Broadway Boogie Woogie by Piet Mondrian, as it directly spoke to my longing for dance and fun. And while listening to Count Basie, imagined a very different painting then the referenced one.

Boogie Woogie (I May Be Wrong) – Live at the Newport Jazz Festival, 1957

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