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Jose Padua: Directions in Music and Other Ways of Approaching the Day

When I pick my five-year-old
son up from school
then stop at the grocery store
to get milk instead
of going straight home
he says “I’ll just stay here
in the car
and listen to Miles Davis”
because right then “Spanish Key”
from Bitches Brew
is playing on
the car stereo and
since it’s a warm spring
day here in the valley
and what he wants to do
sounds better than
what I want to do
we sit in the car
and listen
until the song is over
and we’re thirsty for something other
than sound.


Copyright 2021 Jose Padua

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Photograph by Jose Padua

6 comments on “Jose Padua: Directions in Music and Other Ways of Approaching the Day

  1. Barbara Huntington
    April 22, 2021

    Just ordered his book: A short history of monsters.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Barbara Huntington
    April 22, 2021

    Perfect. With just a beginning tinge of worry you would leave him in the car.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. jfrobb
    April 22, 2021

    A good reminder. Thanks!

    Liked by 3 people

  4. Valerie Bacharach
    April 22, 2021

    What a wonderful poem. I love the image of father and son sitting together listening to music.

    Liked by 2 people

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