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Saturday, October 2, 2021

Poet Laureate Alan Yount, aka Yount the Count, honored by his son after serious illness

 


Poems by Alan Yount and Arlan Yount

September 16th, 2021

.

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photo from PxHere

photo via PxHere

.You Almost Did Not: Come Back

…………….For The Memory Of Miles Davis Playing Trumpet
Around St. Louis, Early On

.a strange caribbean woman
………….kneeled down
very close to me,
………….in my hospital recovery bed.

she seemed very animated
………….also even sensory
she gradually came closer
………….as she put her face next to mine.

was she possessed
………….she was shaking
as if on
………….a séance.

“I have heard,”
………….she said
“and have seen …”
………….“you came back,”
“for sure …”
………….“I can feel it so … real.”

“this is something,”
………….“I know.”

.she said
………….“the rumor has it,”
“that you,”
………….“came back to life,”
“for some reason.”

she said with emphasis
………….“that you came back,”
“from the dead.”

I said
………….“I believe,”
“that has been said,”
………….“a couple of times before.”

.

she said, quite emphatically
………….and again forcefully
“you should do something,”
………….“to change your life.”

“you go,”
………….“make a difference,”
“upon,”
………….“your return.”


“you owe,”
………….“all of us,”
“this one thing,”
………….“from you.”

she said, for example
………….“find a trumpet song,”
“to play out”
………….“from your soul.”

“that is just your own trumpet,”
………….“sounding out,”
“above the heights of the city’s rooftops,”
………….“from the city,”
“from all of us in st. louis,”
………….“ we all know so well.”

.

by Alan Yount

...

A Tool Of Reconstruction

See my son
The fortune of bliss
Capturer of light
Alone and dismissed

My structure of being
A heart rupture – equip
A new mode of understanding
Alone and dismissed

Symphony and orchestra
My band’s melodic attempt
Salvation please save me
Act on a whim

Capture his essence
Capture his light
Don’t you dismiss me – because of the fright you put in the night
Now pick up and play the trumpet, if it is alright

.by Arlan Yount.

Editor’s Note:

In addition to being a published poet of note for over 50 years, Alan Yount plays trumpet and has led his own dance band. During the summer of 2021, he had an aortic tear and other health complications that required emergency open heart surgery. During the experience he had a dream of Miles Davis.

Shortly after receiving Alan Yount’s poem, I received a poem from his son Arlan, who is not a poet but was moved to write “A Tool Of Reconstruction” after his father’s health crisis. He hopes the poem will help inspire his father to continue playing his trumpet.

.

.

Alan Yount has published poetry for over 50 years. His poems have appeared in WestWard Quarterly (featured poet for summer, 2018). Big Scream, Spring: the Journal of the E.E. Cummings Society, and Waterways. He has been in three anthologies: Passionate Hearts, Sunflowers.and Locomotives: Songs for Allen Ginsburg. Alan was one of 31 poets, along with Gary Snyder and Lawrence Ferlinghetti. Also Chrysalis Reader. Alan plays trumpet and has led his own dance band.

Poems by Alan Yount and Arlan Yount

September 16th, 2021

.

.

photo from PxHere

photo via PxHere

.

.

___

.

.

You Almost Did Not: Come Back

…………….For The Memory Of Miles Davis Playing Trumpet
Around St. Louis, Early On

.

a strange caribbean woman
………….kneeled down
very close to me,
………….in my hospital recovery bed.

she seemed very animated
………….also even sensory
she gradually came closer
………….as she put her face next to mine.

was she possessed
………….she was shaking
as if on
………….a séance.

“I have heard,”
………….she said
“and have seen …”
………….“you came back,”
“for sure …”
………….“I can feel it so … real.”

“this is something,”
………….“I know.”

.

*****

.

she said
………….“the rumor has it,”
“that you,”
………….“came back to life,”
“for some reason.”

she said with emphasis
………….“that you came back,”
“from the dead.”

I said
………….“I believe,”
“that has been said,”
………….“a couple of times before.”

.

*****

.

she said, quite emphatically
………….and again forcefully
“you should do something,”
………….“to change your life.”

“you go,”
………….“make a difference,”
“upon,”
………….“your return.”

.

*****

.

“you owe,”
………….“all of us,”
“this one thing,”
………….“from you.”

she said, for example
………….“find a trumpet song,”
“to play out”
………….“from your soul.”

“that is just your own trumpet,”
………….“sounding out,”
“above the heights of the city’s rooftops,”
………….“from the city,”
“from all of us in st. louis,”
………….“ we all know so well.”

.

by Alan Yount

.

.

___

.

.

A Tool Of Reconstruction

See my son
The fortune of bliss
Capturer of light
Alone and dismissed

My structure of being
A heart rupture – equip
A new mode of understanding
Alone and dismissed

Symphony and orchestra
My band’s melodic attempt
Salvation please save me
Act on a whim

Capture his essence
Capture his light
Don’t you dismiss me – because of the fright you put in the night
Now pick up and play the trumpet, if it is alright

.

by Arlan Yount

.

Editor’s Note:

In addition to being a published poet of note for over 50 years, Alan Yount plays trumpet and has led his own dance band. During the summer of 2021, he had an aortic tear and other health complications that required emergency open heart surgery. During the experience he had a dream of Miles Davis.

Shortly after receiving Alan Yount’s poem, I received a poem from his son Arlan, who is not a poet but was moved to write “A Tool Of Reconstruction” after his father’s health crisis. He hopes the poem will help inspire his father to continue playing his trumpet.

.

.

___

.

.

Alan Yount has published poetry for over 50 years. His poems have appeared in WestWard Quarterly (featured poet for summer, 2018). Big Scream, Spring: the Journal of the E.E. Cummings Society, and Waterways. He has been in three anthologies: Passionate Hearts, Sunflowers.and Locomotives: Songs for Allen Ginsburg. Alan was one of 31 poets, along with Gary Snyder and Lawrence Ferlinghetti. Also Chrysalis Reader. Alan plays trumpet and has led his own dance band.....

Arlan Yount has a degree in psychology and is currently furthering his education. Writing poetry and short stories illuminates his time as a leisurely passion while also focusing on the fitness, health and psychological well-being of himself and others as a behavioral-fitness coach. He currently resides in Columbia, Missouri and be reached at arlanyount@gmail.com or on Instagram at arlanyount

 

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