Poets Walk: "reels and rolls"
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Rochester Rhythms by Vincent F.A. Golphin
City strains’ etch riffs, spur thoughts of
home along the Genesee, as its frozen
Faces hang in the folds of my mind, heart and spirit,
Like photographs in the house where George lives.
Rochester reels and rolls in my ears year-round,
Yet blossoms -- bursts beautiful -- in the warm months
like the sweet lilac scent in Highland Park. Art there
boasts no reason, other than the soul’s fruit must show His wonders.
Genius once spilled on the ear from Jazzberry’s, the Pythod, Doug Dukes, Shep’s and The Ridgecrest, and still holds court at Kilbourn Hall, and rebounds
in Jazzfest pilgrimages, while those who know Calloway and Mangione
never let go of the rhythmic richness of that legacy in this town.
Vincent F. A. Golphin, "Rochester Rhythms" from Ten Stories Down (Foothills Press). Used by permission of the author.