Poem | My Thursday Truth

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My Thursday truth hides in a mist of overtones—
I know it’s in there, hair slicked back, hiding
the molten core. So I keep blowing until it
whirls my head back, and my truth knows
I’m dizzy. It hears me slobbering up and down
the horn till my shoulders tighten, and
my swagger goes limp. Then my truth
goes so sharp, I forget about tuning altogether
until the whole damn floor drops and I find
myself, down there in the ballroom
shaking my two left feet—waiting
for my truth to waltz me out of Thursday.

Published in the December 2022 issue: 

Roy Nathanson is a saxophonist, poet, and composer. He has written two books of poems: Conversations and Other Songs (MadHat Press, 2020) and Subway Moon (Buddy’s Knife Editions of Hamburg, 2008). Roy has written songs for Mavis Staples, Jimmy Scott, Elvis Costello, Debbie Harry, Jeff Buckley, and others and has recorded ten CDs with his longtime band The Jazz Passengers.

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