Your song begins at dusk when the air
is heavy with late day and scented with plums.
Leftover sunbeams kindle aubergine hills.
Pink clouds ripple the river as you slip
through the mysteries of substitute clusters.
Let the bass walk with you on the way.
Glissade into the strangeness of evening.
Stray into purples on the flat side.
Spike your B♭ minor with a five.
Play last wisps of cloud soaking up the bright.
Let the keyboard’s tritones wink
when that cymbal moon is brushed
with gold as it climbs through the sky.
Take it easy. Play “Once long ago.”
Play this drowsy, drowsy night.
a trickle of claret
left in my glass
is a poet and musicologist who is well published in Australia and internationally. Her collections include Step By Step: Tai Chi Meditations (Picaro Poets, 2018), Moonlight over the Siding (Interactive Press, 2019), Severed Web (Picaro Poets, 2020), and a verse drama, Please Add Your Signature and Date It Here (Litoria Press, 2021). Her sonnet collection A Hint of Rosemary is forthcoming.