David Scronce

AUBADE, August 12

Joe Williams sings
baby you so pretty
you got to die someday.

He knows his Marvell.
Then Carmen sings
Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye

and I die a little.
I’ve been trying to tell
about song, which isn’t

singing. Sarah Vaughn’s
Key Largo shows
it’s the long notes.

I missed Joe’s last gig
at Yoshi’s. He went out
for a walk one morning,

having outlasted Basie
and the New Testament
Band, and fell down dead.

Roadside Joe.

David Scronce lives in San Francisco. His poems have appeared in RUNES, modern words, Poetalk, Cloud View Poets, the Berkeleyan, The Bennington Review, and the Squaw Valley Review. Poems are also forthcoming in 5AM. His essays have appeared in Review Revue. David has an MFA from Bennington College.



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