Pythian Games

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Jazz Glass

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this glass, this green glass, this blue glass,

this teal glass, even this pale purple glass,

this glass looks so cool, so calm, so serene,

but that is only because it is jazz glass:

it hides its past oh so well

so all you see is the cool.


this glass was not always cool and flat –

once it was burning hot, fluid, streaming,

molten like lava spilling from a volcano,

this glass is sand and ash that has paid its dues.

It has survived the fiery furnace,

But like a phoenix,

It has risen from the ashes to be reborn.


This glass is jazz glass –

It has paid the price,

It has counted the cost,

But it chooses to be transformed,

To groove on forevermore:

Behold the birth of cool!


By Kerry Vincent © 2008

Written by kvwordsmith

April 29, 2008 at 7:23 pm

10 Responses

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  1. Hot and ever-so-cool and beautiful and flowing – nice images, Kerry!


    April 29, 2008 at 7:59 pm

  2. The story of glass, it’s journey through time. Very good, Kerry.


    April 29, 2008 at 8:23 pm

  3. This is a sensual poem– something to do with the ryhthm of the words and the fluidness.


    April 29, 2008 at 9:50 pm

  4. I really like it!


    April 29, 2008 at 11:02 pm

  5. Very cool, Kerry–and you’ve only one day left in April to reach your goal of a glass post a day. Congrats! (You can still keep going, ya know!)


    April 30, 2008 at 2:57 pm

  6. Mmmm love the flow. Great poem – it resonates and seems more than a poem about glass :o).


    April 30, 2008 at 6:48 pm

  7. By George, I think she’s got it! Yes, it started out as a glass poem, but became a jazz performance piece, with many layers of meaning…


    April 30, 2008 at 11:07 pm

  8. The ‘glass fetish’ has proved very rich compost Kerry. Lovely work

    Heather Blakey

    May 2, 2008 at 12:42 am

  9. I love the line lava spilling from a volcano. Wow.


    May 2, 2008 at 3:06 am

  10. I am a bit late – almost three years late to leave a comment but I decided to get back into glass after seventeen long years of absence. I found this poem as I was searching for blogs on glass. I love it, and I love KOG! Would love a tour…..
    Are you still writing?

    Laurie Heyden

    February 27, 2011 at 9:42 pm

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