After one honey and vinegar run
tripping into throaty fog-horn booms,
I know it’s Sonny Rollins,
teetering on the parapet,
blowing solo on the bridge at midnight.

A chorus skitters off the river,
circles back to scatter
through cables, never quite
forsaking island beats,
a path to the distant key.

I close my eyes, see
the marriage of Mona Lisa
to an old cow hand,
hear hoof beats, bells, the swell
of one colossal soul.

Praise him, praise him, all you
little children, all you
lovers and insomniacs
who pause at midnight in the flutter
of his almost perfect freedom,
wavering at the railing’s edge.

Glenn Hayes’s poetry has appeared in many magazines and journals, including The Antigonish Review, Dalhousie Review, CV2, The Fiddlehead, Grain, The Malahat Review, The Nashwaak Review, The New Quarterly, Prairie Fire, Qwerty, Vallum, and The Windsor Review. His poetry has also appeared in two anthologies: Christian Poetry in Canada (edited by David Kent, ECW Press, 1989) and Larger Than Life (edited by Roger Bell, Black Moss Press, 2002).  He is currently working on his first book. He lives in Newmarket, Ontario.

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