Arts & Culture

Listening To John Coltrane With My Baby Daughter

By David Stankiewicz.

This poem was written by SMCC English faculty member, David Stankiewicz, who teaches Poetry on the South Portland campus (and online, now). The poem appeared in the Maine Sunday Telegram on January 31st, 2021, and is reprinted here with permission of the author.

To praise you is the desire of man

Augustine again—and who am I to disagree

Holding my eight month old

At the embered end of a fussy winter afternoon

When she finally settles into my arms

As I sway her around the living room,

Surrendering myself to Trane’s testimony,

That eloquent exaltation (as the saint said,

What has anyone achieved in words

When he speaks about you?),

Her heart beating, her spontaneous breathing

Up against my own chest,

Her blue new eyes quietly open,

A love supreme, a love supreme, a love supreme.

Categories: Arts & Culture, poetry

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