NaPoWriMo 9 – Stella by Starlight

The National Poetry Writing Month challenge for today is to randomize or shuffle your favorite playlist, write down the next five song titles, and use them in a poem. I used the jazz playlist on my iPhone. The specific titles and artists appear below the poem, as well as a live performance of one of the songs. Enjoy!

Stella by Starlight

by Jan Brown

he plays salsa music all night long
then dances at the after-hours club
the beat of the conga
revisited
reminds him of home
where he and his sweet
Marianela
danced in the moonlight
strumming his hands on her body
like the chords of his bandola
but he’s a long way from home
and Marianela

so he dances with Stella by starlight
hiding the gold ring in his pocket
the music shifts into slow gear
and they begin a dance with no steps
tired feet riveted in place
softly swaying as one
her backless dress inviting
his naked left hand
to trace the curve of her spine
and press her to him
as they listen to blues
for the night owl

The playlist includes:

Stella by Starlight – Stan Getz

Marianela – Arturo Sandoval

Conga (Revisited) – Arturo Sandoval

Blues for the Night Owl – Ramsey Lewis

Gold – Hugh Masekela

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3 thoughts on “NaPoWriMo 9 – Stella by Starlight

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