Crumbs
(Lamont's shortest poems)

haiku by a harbor

with my salty pulse
of waves and a graygreen soul
I spawned a city
Christmas child's haiku

nestled soft in love's
warm palms, a heart at peace sets
eyes ablaze in smile

school haiku

school's such a blur, spins
my poor old fragile brain, breaks
equilibrium

peripheral vision

there's a word for the feeling of high school's final days
but it can't be pronounced. . . and it has no spelling

it colors us
and it sings with the voice of the sun

yet can only be seen out of the corner of the eye

haiku anew

tomorrow's page, about to
burst with words unborn,
prods your pen to dance, to dream

Ballads

Unquestionably
There is no greater beauty :
The tone of 'Trane's tenor

Solo

In Monk's unique sphere
(a true original voice)
less is always more

Memorial

From the trumpeter
Who flew closest to the sun.
Still a burning star.

Something Else

Cannonball's ablaze
Along Miles and miles
Volleyed and thundered

Sonny's Blue Notes

Savor this soul food
A stew that sticks to the ribs
Thick sweet and hearty

Bags' Groove

True soothing blue grooves
Moving through tunes, proving you'll
Soon bloom, soon swoon too

Whatsitabout

In just eight lines, it's
Tough to tell tales, it's
Such short space, it's
Not nearly 'nuff, it's
Bareboned, barely breathin', it's
Poetry pursuing a point, it's
Quite a quest, it's
Answer's arrived, it's


(…sorry, it's
just eight lines )

Rhyme Play Eight

Lines eight
Blind date
Mind mate
Kind fate

Straight kinds
Late fines
Great wines
Eight lines

Tsquare8

on
the
eighth
day
of
the
week
time stared at me and would not speak

Mountain


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adolescence

a kite twitches
in a knot of directions
the string strains
feeding the flight
umbilically
until it lifts
string still straining
now nearly invisible in
the comfort of clouds

Baggage Claim (a teacher's creed)

And they carried their caring and a courage to create
And they transported tests and taught between the thorns of time
And they carted a curiosity about the world of words
And they lugged lesson after lesson hoping to loosen life's locks
And they dragged around the desire to develop young minds
And they toted thoughts on each teenager's turmoil
And they conveyed the conviction that every student could climb

 

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