paradiddle (for Max Roach) || Robert Jones

i.
sinewy synapse,
snap.
you don’t look old.
(feel that)

ii.
play it in that seven/four-scuff-the-floor
play it with that THUNDERCAT!
play it in that “squik-squik-squik,”
eke it out,
stick.
kick_kick—
…like that, LIKE THAT!

iii.
HIT!

iv.
wet drip,
drop off your lip.
slip/hip;
loosen up, just a bit.

This was originally published in Spring 2018 edition of The Helix.

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