The Sunday Poem: “A Jazz Drinker” by Ermira Mitre Kokomani

March 16th, 2024

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The Sunday Poem  is published weekly, and strives to include the poet reading their work.

Ermira Mitre Kokomani reads her poem at its conclusion.

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“Duo Trumpet and Sax,” by Henry Denander

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A Jazz Drinker

My friend is a Blues singer,
I am a Jazz drinker,
boozing shots after shots,
I never get drunk with Jazz.

She tells me I am greedy,
because Jazz hugs me for the world of humans,
its sounds’ vibration kisses my eardrums,
and makes me dance in rainbow smiles,
like the moon in a starry night.

She tells me I am different,
because Jazz melts the rigid puppet in me,
and turns me into a fluid entity,
eyes ‘lakes that flow creeks of teary joy,
thawing the nagging icicles
in the rivers of my achy fears.

I tell her she is jealous,
like birds that break their chirping,
like forest trees that hold their breaths,
like the ocean that stops folding the waves,
when saxophone talks Jazz,
when a rain of Jazzy stars lands on piano keys.

My friend sings Blues,
I keep swinging the tunes in my drink,
boozing and cheering for Jazz.

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Listen to Ermira Mitre Kokomani read her poem

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Ermira Mitre Kokomani is an Albanian born, bilingual poet. Her poetry has been published in five continents. Ermira is a member of a few literary groups in the United States and Europe, where she reads her poems in open mic. She has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize for 2022 by Brownstone Poets. Her poetry chapbook Blooming as a Sacred Lotus has been selected as a finalist by the National League of American Pen Women.

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Henry Denander is an artist and a poet whose work has been published in many books and magazines.  Click here to visit his website.

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One comments on “The Sunday Poem: “A Jazz Drinker” by Ermira Mitre Kokomani”

  1. Thank you very much Jerry Jazz Musician, and EIC, Joe Maita. I am honored to have my poems published in your collection and very grateful for the opportunity to read my poem.
    Your hard work to give space to the poets’ voices is highly appreciated.

    Best,

    Ermira

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