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Just ‘The Horn’ and Him

He plays with the spirit of Coltrane in him
for him the trumpet spits venom
he draws the crowd in
the horn begs them to listen
then commands their attention
just the horn and him
all alone.. just the horn and him
drawin’ on memories of Miles playin’
in the background while momma just swayin’
daddy just steady lookin’
when daddy played… sometimes he took him
sittin’ in amazement
just the horn and him
all alone… just the horn and him
With the horn daddy was a magician
and now its him the crowd’s demandin’
so when he plays for them
he also plays for him
He imagines playin’ with him
A simultaneously soulful rendition
but it’s just the horn and him
all alone… just the horn and him
he plays like he misses him
he plays for momma’s kisses again
this is what daddy wanted for him
the horn he plays was passed down to him
as if the horn only plays for him
just the horn and him
all alone… just the horn and him

(Feature photo by Larry Luxner)


About the author

DeWayne Alston

DeWayne Alston, a Baltimore native, graduated from Baltimore City College High School. He is the owner of Soul City Media Network, LLC, the parent company for Soul City Radio for which he serves as the Program Director. DeWayne is an accomplished writer as well, self-publishing two poetry compilations and also serving as the Technology Editor for Baltimore-based lifestyle periodical RazorsEdge Magazine. Contact the author.
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