Photo of Miles Davis at Lennies-on-the-Turnpike, 1968

New York grows
In his absence.
I suppose

You could also title this picture
Of Miles, his leathery
Squint, the grace
In his fingers a sliver of the stuff

You can’t get anymore,
As the rest of us wonder:
What was the name
Of the driver

Of that truck? And the rest
Of us sigh:
Death is one hell
Of a pickpocket.

Cornelius Eady, “Photo of Miles Davis at Lennies-on-the-Turnpike, 1968” from Autobiography of a Jukebox. Copyright © 1997 by Cornelius Eady. Used by permission of Carnegie Mellon University Press.
Source: The Autobiography of a Jukebox (Carnegie Mellon University Press, 1997)
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