All That Jazz

Swingin’, swayin’ to all that jazz
Max drummin’ drums to syncopate
Ella’s scat, can ya dig it mate?

Billie’s sultry voice croons smooth as
liquid gold. Zoot suit struts janglin’
while Louis puffs his cheeks far as

air can go. Cool rhythms gyrate,
swingin’, swayin’, to all that jazz.


Great jazz musicians referenced in poem include Max Roach drummer, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, both jazz singers; and Louis Armstrong, trumpeteer extraordinaire. Written for dVerse Poet’s Pub. Victoria asks us to create an Octain Refrain: Poem composed of two tercets and a couplet. Each line must contain 8 syllables. Poem must contain the following rhyme scheme: A b b, a c-c a, bA   Another poetic sudoku! A is the refrain with first and last being the same or close to the same. Second stanza c-c means there should be an internal rhyme within the line. Quite the challenge!  Photo credit: Free-Pik.

35 thoughts on “All That Jazz

  1. Grace March 25, 2016 / 10:45 am

    Love that swinging and swaying to jazz music to sounds smooth as liquid gold ~ Very sultry indeed ~

    Enjoy your weekend Lillian ! Happy Easter !

    Liked by 1 person

    • lillian March 27, 2016 / 2:36 pm

      Real problems with internet here – ugh. Finally went next door and begged the local restaurant to let us on theirs for an hour. Good thing I agreed to host when we’re back in Boston! Anway, so glad you liked this one and do hope you’re enjoying your Easter weekend too!


  2. Sanaa Rizvi March 25, 2016 / 10:53 am

    Lovely vibes swinging from your lines Lillian 🙂
    Admirable write.

    Lots of love,

    Liked by 1 person

    • lillian March 27, 2016 / 2:37 pm

      Had fun with this one. Glad you liked it! Many thanks, Sanaa. No reading this time….as I said to Grace real problems with internet here and I just have a bit of time on a “pass” from local restaurant.


    • lillian March 27, 2016 / 2:38 pm

      Really had fun with this challenge! 🙂


    • lillian March 27, 2016 / 2:39 pm

      Thanks, Walt. And…apologize for not reading this time…real problems with internet here so just “borrowed” some time from a local restaurant. Will be back in full swing when we return to Boston on Tuesday! Glad you enjoyed this one…looking forward to reading your work from Boston!


  3. Kathy Reed March 25, 2016 / 5:23 pm

    Very cool! I also thought of other groups who followed….nice trip down jazz alley.

    Liked by 1 person

    • lillian March 27, 2016 / 2:40 pm

      Ah jazz alley — those guys could really syncopate! 🙂


  4. Mary March 25, 2016 / 7:22 pm

    I definitely feel the beat!


    • lillian March 27, 2016 / 2:41 pm

      Glad you liked it Mary. Apologies for late reply and no reads this time — real problems with internet. Will be back in “full swing” by Tuesday night when we return to Boston!


    • lillian March 27, 2016 / 2:45 pm

      So glad you enjoyed. Apologies….no reads this time. Internet is totally out at our Bermuda rental and I’m on “borrowed” time from a restaurant. Will be back in full swing (pun intended) when we return to Boston Tuesday night!


    • lillian March 29, 2016 / 7:08 pm

      Home in Boston — missing those aquamarine Bermuda waters but glad to have internet connection again! So glad you liked this one! 🙂


    • lillian March 29, 2016 / 7:08 pm

      Arrived home about an hour ago — last few days without internet connection in Bermuda so just getting back into the “swing” of it! 🙂 So glad you’re dancin’ with me!


  5. AnnMarie Roselli-Kissack March 26, 2016 / 7:22 am

    your ears must be ringing all the way to my subterranean studio – I’ve been playing a musical loop – it’s an everlasting cycle really – of Holiday, Fitzgerald with a little Lena Horne thrown in (love her, Stormy Weather, album). I do manage to throw in heavy doses of Mario Lanza, Sinatra, Martin…. My mother got me hooked on Rod Stewart’s contemporary duet albums, (funny, I never really cared for him when he played on my am/fm Ford Maverick radio) I now play those with frightening regularity.
    Your words here are musical as they are lyrical:)
    Have a lovely holiday, my friend.
    I have a boatload of Italians coming:)

    Liked by 1 person

    • lillian March 29, 2016 / 7:10 pm

      Arrived back home about an hour ago. Was without internet connections last three days in Bermuda — frustrating but we made do with the scenery and fresh fish for dinner. Hoping your boatload of Italians chipped in and that all had a wonderful Easter weekend. Will get back to my reading tomorrow — after a bazillion loads of laundry! 🙂


      • AnnMarie Roselli-Kissack March 29, 2016 / 7:31 pm

        lol, Lillian
        welcome home world traveler
        once you cross over that threshold – where you exchange flipflops for a laundry basket, vacation is officially over;)
        glad you made it back safe and sound
        keep the Bermuda blue forever floating in your grey matter:)
        I think it was quite poetic to have no internet – what a gorgeous way to end


  6. Gay Reiser Cannon March 26, 2016 / 6:18 pm

    Right there inside of this one. This is a favorite topic of mine – love jazz and am inside/out familiar with all these musicians…a unique and beautiful use of the form. Loved this a lot!

    Liked by 1 person

    • lillian March 29, 2016 / 7:11 pm

      So glad you liked it, Gay. Just home to Boston after two months in Bermuda — last three days without internet connections so just getting to my reading now. Challenging form….but enjoyed jazzing it up a bit! 🙂


      • Gay Reiser Cannon March 30, 2016 / 12:37 am

        Yes…I imagine you enjoyed Bermuda. Maybe I will get there one day. I know some people there.


    • lillian March 29, 2016 / 7:12 pm

      Glad you jazzling and janglin’ with me on this one! 🙂 Smiling I am!


  7. mishunderstood March 27, 2016 / 5:50 pm

    You orchestrated this so well, bringing in each beloved musician to add to the arrangement.

    I love “Zoot suit struts janglin’”…it has a jazzy beat!

    Liked by 1 person

    • lillian March 29, 2016 / 7:13 pm

      Glad you enjoyed! Back in Boston now….bare skeleton trees hard to adjust to after the greens and flowers and aquamarine waters of Bermuda! No internet connection last three days — so just getting back to reading and posting tonight a bit. Loads of laundry tomorrow and then I’ll be swingin’ again! 🙂


  8. katiemiafrederick April 13, 2016 / 1:06 am

    Ah.. i Love
    aLL that Jazz..
    so innovative
    so new.. rarely
    any rules for now..
    sadly.. like poeTry..
    the ‘modern mind’
    doesn’t seem
    to treaSure
    liKe the
    past.. before..
    empty glitz..:)

    Liked by 1 person

    • lillian April 13, 2016 / 8:43 am

      So nice to see you this morning, Katie. Would that we could all throw away life’s inhibitions and scat a bit, right? Have a great Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

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