Dizzy Gillespie
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I saw you blow the trumpet
On Sesame Street
Tee, Arr,You, Em, Pee, Ee, Tee.

Your balloon cheeks
Transferring your spirit into The Sounds of Bebop.
My cheeks look funny, but they don’t hurt

This they made your epitaph
On the evening news
That’s all they could say

But you
You did more Dizzy
You loved that Cat God.

You were a Herald
Bringing Unity
Blending a trumpet
With a Didgeridoo.

What did you do?
You loved that Cat God.

When you played at Carnegie Hall
Your music
Blew a portrait of
The Spirit of Olinga;

Servant of Baha’u’llah
Hand of the Cause
An inspiration to you.

Joyful all you trumpeters rise
Dizzy is coming to the skies.

Charlie Parker, Thelonious Monk
John Coltrane and Miles Davis
Glory to your bebop King.

Peace in heaven and music’s child
Mr Goh will wait awhile
To hear your golden trumpet smile.

He’ll remember you
At Chinta Ria
With satay sticks and soya sauce,

The Mad Genius of Dizzy Gillespie
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And me I’ll listen
For A Night in Tunisia
While Groovin’ High
On Salt and Peanuts

I’ll listen
For Melodic Warmth
And Comic Spirit

Man you played the last Dizzy Dime,
But we will put it on
Many more times
John Birks “Dizzy”

Oh Dizzy Bebop
Bop Dizzy be Dizzy
Bebop, bop-be.

By June Perkins

Originally published BAFA Newsletter. June 1993, Also displayed in a music wall.

The poem, Dizzy, an eulogy to Dizzy Gillespie was part of the artwork, Conversations by Sonja van Kerkhoff, on show in a music shop in Leiden as part of the Close to the Wall Poetry festival, 2005.

Dizzy Gillespie
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3 thoughts on “Dizzy

  1. Reblogged this on Australian Blogs by Bahais and commented:
    I like to write poems about Baha’is who excelled in their creative field, and very briefly met Dizzy Gillespie at the Baha’i youth conference. Here is the poetic tribute I wrote about his life.

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