Essential Django Reinhardt

by Sharon Lask Munson
Improvisation and syncopation
mixed with American swing
penetrates open doors
spreads through the dining room.

Two guitars a lone violin, one bass—
France’s Gypsy Jazz
rockets the temperature.

Limehouse Blues turns up the heat.
Diners gyrate to the music
lean between tables
converse in a mix
of French, Italian, English.

Food becomes more flavorful—
baguettes crustier
cheese creamier
duck crisper
prunes soaked in rum, more exotic.

Candles burn brighter
our waiter friendlier
my lover grows younger, handsomer.

A bottle of Cote de Beaune
loosens our tongues,
night reflects stardust.
Sharon Lask Munson has been published in Spillway, Popshot, Cirque, and many others. She is the author of the chapbook, Stillness Settles Down the Lane (Uttered Chaos Press, 2010), a full-length book of poems, That Certain Blue (Blue Light Press, 2011), and Braiding Lives (Poetica Publishing Company, 2014.)  She lives and writes in Eugene, Oregon.  You can find her at

© 2016, Sharon Lask Munson