The Sunday Poem: Mark Weber... Violins for your Journey

This short piece with its ironic kick at the end is from the wonderful Issue #3 of The Mas Tequila Review, edited by DCF Sunday Poem regular Richard Vargas.  If you need a gift, whether for yourself or someone else, check it out.  It's a great read!


Mark Weber, the Thursday afternoon jazz deejay on KUNM, has been an icon of the Albuquerque poetry and jazz scenes for years.





As simple as it is

it can still be difficult, not easily

approachable, even as it

is transitory, there is glue

centrifugal, layers, complications

helicopters & philosophy

they spin you around like a pinata

aiming in the wrong direction

off you go

step lively

not much further, gather

a few more years and


you made it:  the graveyard.




Poetry submissions are welcome.  Email



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Comment by Margaret Randall on October 30, 2011 at 8:44am
What a wonderful poem to begin this Sunday morning! I agree that the recent issue of MAS TEQUILA REVIEW is a prize--the perfect Christmas gift, or just get a copy if you want to read some great, and varied, poetry. And this poem by Mark Weber is indicative of the quality of all the contributions. I love it when poets make use of one area of their lives to nourish others... the music in this poem is so evocative! Lines like: "glue /centrifugal, layers, complications /

helicopters & philosophy / they spin you around like a piñata / aiming in the wrong direction" are like the best jazz riff. Thank you!

Comment by cc on October 30, 2011 at 12:10pm

Great to read this poem right now! Mark Weber is a fave poet of mine and glad to see him here.


Comment by Barelas Babe on October 30, 2011 at 7:56pm

Another Mark Weber fan here - the opening lines of simple yet difficult set the tone and capture that dance of life. Lots of rhythm here, Mark!

(And this is Teresa of the adobe casa down the street from Ophelia...) 

Comment by Dee Cohen on October 31, 2011 at 6:13am
What a sly/serious poem. No one will accuse you of being overly sentimental. Poof! That's it. But even simple isn't easy. Thanks for a jazzy take on the biggest journey of all. Well put. Looking forward to reading more of your work.And Hooray for Mas Tequila Review. D
Comment by Merimee Moffitt on November 1, 2011 at 10:13pm
funny how this humor goes with gray hair--leaping into the next decade is like leaping onto spinning vinyl--whoaaaa  what a ride--skittery, glide


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