Illustration by Arushi Gupta

A Little Jazz Bird by Ron Ballard

Illustration by Arushi Gupta
Illustration by Arushi Gupta

Blossom Dearie sung it with a bounce
on piano, her voice thin and wispy,
delicate, never strained, full of wit,
never dull. Jazz was always her swing
and as her voice rose higher,
her piano was as good as Nat King Cole’s.
She died last week in Manhattan—
a town she played for fifty years.’

About the Author


Ron Ballard is a retired college professor who writes poetry, memoirs, short stories, and novels. He has published poems and received awards for “In the Hedge Apple Forest” and “Cherokee”.  He has a memoir “A Vacant Lot” in last year’s Winter Edition of The
Two Hawks Quarterly, and a novel “Brilliant Corners” available at most e-book stores.

About the Illustrator

Arushi Gupta

Arushi Gupta is a 22-year-old alien studying to be a dentist in Chandigarh. She is
a die-hard otaku and wishes to go to Japan soon.  You can find her singing Japanese songs, making some artsy concoction or taking weird photographs in the streets of Chandigarh.

You can find her works here.

A Little Jazz Bird is one of the many amazing poems from the upcoming edition of the literary collection The Machinery.

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