#NaPoWriMo 2017 April 11 – Bop

Day #11 – Bop

It didn’t take me long to figure out
the origin of the word. I am a bit
of an etymologist, by training
and by trade. But still I had to go back
to see how the masters did it, wrote it,
developed it into its own art form.

Bop is hard to write but fun to Be.

Before avant-garde in music and art,
before beat poems and the New York School
before crack and smack drove everybody
insane, before the bottle took control –
we owned the verb and the noun and the sound
of the infinite infinitive, to be.
Then we sold it, they stole it, it ran away –
prostituted, misappropriated.

Bop is hard to write but fun to Be.

And the music had a name and a chain
of authority, of identity,
and it called itself Be-Bop in the clubs
where it was played. Then when it died – the sound –
a trace of it remained to remind us
that it once was – always is – Be-Bop.

Bop is hard to write but fun to Be.

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Author: Raymond Maxwell

https://raymmaxx.wordpress.com/ Librarian and archivist-in-training, retired foreign service officer and former naval officer.

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