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Date: Fri, 19 Aug 2005 12:00AM PDT)
From: Send an Instant Message "John French" <mosshead7@yahoo.com>
Subject: I Played Bass for Thelonious Monk
To: robin&company@cnn.com

I Played Bass for Thelonious Monk


My breath like heavy


I could not sing

   but groove to the


    No right or wrong


We just play - Play

inside the mid summer

                      air and sun


Blowing w/ leaves and

  wrappers from gum


We play uptown, downtown

          - all round -

w/ money - w/ none -


     We got it all


Through Pittsburgh, Cleveland,

New Orleans to Santa Fe,

L.A., and back to NYC

for a gig or three


- Don't tell me, motherfucker,


I played until 3:00 a.m.


    Five days a week


                  For 27 days



               w/ no chasers.


We played for chicken

           & gin

For women & grins

  For with and in joints

To Thelonious was hummin'


                       & along



John Alan Conte` JR


August 17, 2005



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Poetry  By John Alan Conte`, Jr.
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