Amy Barlow Liberatore… stories of lost years, wild times, mental variety, faith, and lots of jazz

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From the Poetic Asides prompt, “Setting The World On Fire.” Remembering some great gigs!


Spotlight’s hot tonight
Fresh coffee on the side table
My fingers touch the cool ivories
and all hell breaks loose

Thumping the bass line
Reaching deep, drawing out
the raw fire of jazz within
Souls of legends aflame as I call to them:

Feed my soul, strike the match
Light a fire under my piano bench
til I burn with desire to shout it true
Til the keys melt at my touch

Hellzapoppin at this piano bar
Crowd heats up and calls for more
Coffee’s cold, neglected
but I’m a pyre of pure jazz afire

(c) 2010 Amy Barlow Liberatore/Sharp Little Pencil

One Single Impression asked us to write a poem around the theme, “Dawn.” I was going to write about Mary Ann on Gilligan’s Island, Dawn Wells, but darned if I didn’t go a little deeper!


It dawned on me during a down
that depression is a gift
A room all to oneself
dim, yet habitable

with the sure knowledge
that gloom will fade; the haze will lift
Shifting moods
sifting sand between my toes

Depression’s night is so dark
one doesn’t look up
seeking stars
nor speak of the moon

The lifting is like dawn
a clean new day
made for venturing
beyond the front door

Flowers’ scent sweeter
sun illuminating
individual blades of grass
as they cast minute shadows

And then there’s
the thanking God part…

© 2010 Amy Barlow Liberatore, Sharp Little Pencil

Insomnia never felt so good.

MOONSTUCK (Stuck, Poetic Asides prompt)

Slip of a moon, sideways smile
beguiles me from my perch
Searching for words and
lingering long past bedtime

To find the perfect phrase
Elusive, diffused thoughts race
out my ears, past my face and
Oops! Out the window back to the moon…

monthly changing yet
ever my constant companion
as I’m stuck in my room alone
awaiting the whisper of words

© 2010 Amy Barlow Liberatore/Sharp Little Pencil