Bird’s Flight

[Ode to the Pyrotechnics of Charlie Parker]

“You can tell the history of jazz in four words: Louis Armstrong. Charlie Parker.”
-Miles Davis
 
 
 
what Charlie Parker brought
from Kansas City
to 52nd Street
was the pyrotechnics
he used to school the world
in his own Ornithology
& the blues.
he was the sole songbird
of his kind, whirring
with his wings wrapped tight
’round the neck of his alto sax
through choruses
& holes in the wall of night
like the hum of the wind
rustling through leaves, playing
pretty notes
that seem so perfectly placed, reprising
himself in a pastiche
of optimistic
pandemonium, when every note was
an experiment
 
in experience
 
anthologized
 in anthems
 
of his alter echo taking flight.