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

miles Davis

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-turn of a boat
you’ll sail to hope from glitch

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

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

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

by Jim Culleny
Painting by Vagharshabadi