What the horn blows

resounds through my studio

in the concrete jungle

where pin oaks grow


What the bird sings

resonates in my dreams

at the break of dawn

when in full swing


What the book dares me to think

keeps me on the brink

often, all too often

like fortune tellers who blink


What the day will bring

I can hardly say

but I always find my way

like a gypsy gone astray1


So what do you play?

And what do you sing?

What do you write?

And what do you bring?


  1. While I agree that “gypsy” can be and sometimes is a pejorative term, I consider the use of it here to be favorable and fitting, because fortune-telling is traditionally associated with gypsies and I’m attempting to connect the last line of this stanza to that of the previous one for historical relevance. I’m also using it in a more or less positive light in reference to the protagonist.

6 Responses to “The What”

  1. Tony Sadler

    Love it! Keep it up Ricco!

  2. Yielbonzie Charles Johnson

    Loved it, until I stumbled over the word gypsy, giving up the rhyme – might “wanderer” do? Love you, Y

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    • Ricco Wright

      Given your commentary, I provided a footnote. It’s my hope that it at least clarifies my usage of the word “gypsy” and gives a context for better understanding.

  3. Terry James

    In the past I have played with my life
    Today I sing unto God a Praise
    Motivational moments I write
    In hopes, like you Brother Wright, to allow for possibilities of
    new insight

    • Ricco Wright

      A new insight and a clearer vision are great things to hope for. Thanks for sharing your poetic testimony. Much appreciated.


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