A Pillow Book for Jazz 



The way jazz seems to talk

to you


the way people seem to nod

all around

while jazz is talking to you


considering how absurd it is

to try to fill the silence


the way a nod finds

the silence


the way that silence fills

the silence of a crowd

all nodding around you


when one nod catches



spilling out the contents from all


unwrapped within you


before finding

yet another peeking from the floor

of wrappings


Ready for opening.



                                                   --- Chris Custer