Lizzie Parker and Charisse Cecil

Lizzie Parker

Patch of Sky


Charisse R. Cecil

Inspiration piece

My music, my mood.

Billie and Miles.

Melancholy and mellow.

The berries

in my morning muffin.

His bow-legged, boot-cut,

denim-clad swagger.

The funky-sweet blend

of sweat, liquor, tears and sex

in every foot tap on the juke joint floor.

The bruises that hide

behind Bronze Base #5.

Branford’s band and Spike’s “Mo’ Better.”

B.B. and Lucille.

The Franconia-Springfield metro line.

The steely eyes of young Minister Malcolm’s


Langston’s weary and big sea.

The Saturday night cabaret voice

Singing in the Sunday morning choir.

Sea -deep sorrow.

A saxophone’s moan.

My hopes,

caked on and cracking

like Aunt Minnesota’s



eye shadow.


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  1. Posted March 19, 2011 at 2:37 pm | #

    this is a wonderful combo, “patch of sky” really has a vibration to it.

  2. Posted May 7, 2011 at 7:12 pm | #

    Thanks, Greg! I love “Patch of Sky.” It’s hanging in my home:)