Dib Dab

By Paul Beatty

smooth as...

a baby nicholas brother

tap dancin in a porcelain tub

mr bubble suds

aye que lindo palms filled

with cocoa butter lotion


smooth as...

michael jordan

in the middle of his fifth

airborne freeze frame pump fake

a funky millionaire marionette

pissin on physics

his glossy fresh out the pacific

sea lion brown skin limbs

draped in 8th century heian kimono silk


smooth as...

sarah vaughan

holdin a note dipped in bronze

spit shined with a lonely bootblacks jukebox drool

buffed with chamois cloth and heartache


smooth as...

tap beer after midnight mass


smooth as...

wilma rudolph haulin ass through rome

long tennessee tigerbelle strides

walking down gossamer winged myths

busted shakles in her wake

1960 runaway


smooth as...

an eric dolphy jazz workshopped

alto free swingin lead

that lets mingus know

where he can shove that bow

if he dont ease up pluckin pizzicato

over his solo


smooth as...

billy dee williams. nevermind


smooth as...

lady kung fu

flyin roof to roof

dealing five finer drunken monkey style tiger fisted death

to the imperialist aggressors

hong kong backlot snap kick sound effects

a buttlength ponytail

trailing the action with a mind of its own


smooth as...

first latin black korean

national hockey league offensive superstar

center ice corssovers

one hand on the stick

blue line breakaway

blastin a drive high and tight

stick side

red light and siren


smooth as...

granddads 30 year old

one sunday a month

white patent leather shoes

ones he wears with his lucky powder blue slacks

when he takes you to the track

santa anita belmont yonkers

gives you two disability dollars a race

and tells you to bet the trifecta

on the horses with the names you like


smooth as...

a cab calloway blip blap big band stikkle tat riff

rolling over his process

from front to back

sliding on its knees

down the greased part

of a geechee ghetto trickster in full regalia


The poem you have written above have touched my heart..IT reminds me a someone special who used to write poems on me..Thanks a lot for reminding me those beautiful days..

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