Next Note

“When you hit a wrong note, it’s the next note you play
that determines if it’s good or bad.” —Miles Davis

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There are no bad notes
if you’re open smart and quick

there’ll be a next note:
first rung on a ladder from a ditch,

new rudder-push of a boat
you’ll sail to hope from glitch.

The chance is not remote
you’ll rise to praise from bitch.

If you’ll crack your shell to note
that next can overcome a hitch

you can fearlessly re-quote
and take your song from poor to rich.

by Jim Culleny
Painting by Vagharshabadi