All That Zen

Jeff Greenwald

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© Luis Fabini 2004Charlie Parker looked like Buddha. . . .

And his expression on his face

Was as calm, beautiful, and profound

As the image of the Buddha

Represented in the East, the lidded eyes

The expression that says “All is well”

This was what Charlie Parker

Said when he played, All is Well.

You had the feeling of early-in-the-morning

Like a hermit’s joy. . . .

Charlie burst his lungs to reach the speed

Of what the speedsters wanted

And what they wanted

Was his eternal slow-down. . . .

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