"Three Musicians" by Bill Lythgoe - 2nd Place - Wax Poetry and Art
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Published January 28, 2019
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Second Place: Wax Poetry and Art Poetry Contest #15

Three Musicans

by Bill Lythgoe
(Shevington, Wigan, United KIngdom)

Three Musicians

Monk’s     foot
stomps on floorboards
takes the other two
into a marinating
stew of sound that threatens to break
the bounds of the canvas
painted by Picasso.

Harlequin
scrapes the strings,
his violin sings
and swings the performance
to ecstatic areas even Stradivarius
dared not imagine.

The clarinet spirals
spraying shooting stars across a smoke-stained ceiling,
spreading the news in the middle of the night,
peddling the blues in the cool new morning.

The piano’s chords
don’t tie them down
but keep    prodding
keep the music throbbing.

Quavers pack phrases in the language of bebop.
Flattened fifths
clang then stop
turnaround earthbound
alien invaders
and shining in the flame of seething synergy
rising from a brooding night-club corner
Miles smiles.
Trane steams.
Bird lives.


Biography
Bill Lythgoe: I have been writing poetry seriously for about seven years.
During this time I have won four prizes and been published in
Writing
Magazine
and been shortlisted by them 8 times. I won second prize in the
Sentinel Literary Quarterly competition and was published in their Oct-Dec
2013 magazine. I have also won prizes awarded by Fire River Poets, the
Wakefield Red Shed, Creative Writing Ink,  and Nottingham Poetry
Society. I have also been published by Earlyworks Press, Strong Verse,
and Southport Fringe Poetry and in Forty-20.
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