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What the Bass Player is Thinking
Usually his thoughts go to warm beaches,
women in San Francisco, but lately
he has been working out iterations
of the Mandelbrot Set. Reviewing what
Aquinas in the Summa thought about
the simplicity of God. His fingers
move of their own accord. He realizes
he does not know whether he is playing
in a jazz combo or a country band.
He watches the drummer and deduces
they are playing a tango. Perhaps they are
in Montevideo. Or Helsinki,
in a big band. People like to tango
in Finland, mainly in the minor keys. . . .
More and more it seems that these gigs confirm
Cartesian principles: the mind performs
its aerials, swinging free of earthly
claim; the body continues, keeping time.
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