Sebastian Matthews

‘like a girl saying yes’

is the way Condon
put it


hearing Bix’s coronet
for the first time


a mellow tone
lofted gently from the bell


of the horn
like a girl saying yes


or as Louis said
followed (no doubt)


by his cackle laugh
“I’m tellin’ you


those pretty notes
went right thru me”



“‘like a girl saying yes'” was first published in Brilliant Corners.