Poetry: Sidewinder

Issue 2.1

by Bob Thimmesh

for Ray S.

Sweetness
wrapped by a horn’s husk
slithers softly
between the muffled cadence
of mallets
and arpeggios
of imitation ivory, then
dangles like a green pepper
at the end of a painter’s string.

Sweetness
sandwiched between
crisp cymbals and a stiletto stutter
of breathy innuendo
flowing through the bell and valve
of Morgan’s lament;

disparate solos
enter and depart
the rotunda
of bass and drum–

a sometime dowdy pair that shed
their homebody socks for a night on the town–
gingerly tasting
the sparse cloud of the horn’s contrail,
the disjointed guttural
of the swaggering sax.

They complete a dosey-doh;

notes linked
elbow-to-elbow
bow to each other

behind the conversation of wind
the dialog of string; engagement
that winds side-to- side

sensing discordance
and harmony;
tongue darting
in and out

savoring chords above the flat of E, sensing
joy and pathos on the other side of midnight.


Bob Thimmesh is a retired businessman who enjoys spending most of his time writing poetry and fiction. He is currently working on his memoir and lives in central Minnesota.

Published by

Alexandra Stanislaw

Alexandra Stanislaw is the Editor-In-Chief and founder of Devise Literary. She is also an Assistant Editor for Hotel Amerika. Her work appears in Crab Fat Magazine ("The Good Friend" and "Tampa Raised You Up"), Ragazine, and Chicago Review of Books.

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