Tony Hears the Music
As a kid I played the indian whisper
the italian grunt
the polish tickle
the lone star waltz
thus I was
so deeply, and readily,
in my mind, confused.
Later--I ran some numbers
for a man named jake.
We never played the minor seconds;
we never failed counting the odds.
We were not brave.
He kept his cash in a chinese jar
and bathed over and over!
Inevitable then, the falling off,
the falling out.
Jake and me--
a lasting memory.
the polish tickle and so forth.
always an indoors and music.
John Hicks playing Bill Evans
and Evans himself, back from the ghost
he never became, plays "In Love In Vain."