THE BARBERSHOP QUARTET

THE BARBERSHOP QUARTET

The barbershop quartet, mustache brushes in hand.
A Capella joviality, with torquing wrists, snapping fingers.
Bristles foaming, silky white and smooth, voices grand.

Dapper in their pinstripe suits, hats — Delmonico brand.
Sweet Adeline, drawn out.  My Adeline — peaks, lingers.
The barbershop quartet, mustache brushes in hand.

Choreography matchless with their sugar-cane wands.
One by one they tap and score with lighthearted zingers.
Bristles foaming, silky white and smooth, voices grand.

Bass, lead, baritone and tenor glitz altogether stand,
Impressing the country stage — these polished singers.
The barbershop quartet, mustache brushes in hand.

Differences overlooked, blend of ringing chords command.
Friendship in angelic voice, grooming of youthful wingers.*
Bristles foaming, silky white and smooth, voices grand.

Brothers in harmony, gathering precious social sand.
Through time, the dusty chair spins and memories linger.
The barbershop quartet, mustache brushes in hand —
Bristles foaming, silky white and smooth, voices grand.

4/25/2018

*wingers - I am using to describe the new set of kids who
practice “wing it” 

Sweet Adeline written by Richard Gerard

Copyright © | Year Posted 2018




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Date: 4/28/2018 10:42:00 PM
Truly a perfect description of the ideal and idyllic barbershop quartet. Much better than any mere photo---your reader can really picture the quartet from your vivid imagery. Kudos, Kim! :) gw
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Kim Rodrigues
Date: 4/29/2018 5:43:00 AM
Thanks so much, my friend!
Date: 4/26/2018 4:57:00 PM
This is soooooo wonderful! I love Barber shop quartets! You did it justice!
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Kim Rodrigues
Date: 4/26/2018 5:04:00 PM
Thanks, my friend! I kept thinking about the I love Lucy episode where they sing “Sweet Adeline” :)
Date: 4/26/2018 7:28:00 AM
I just love barbershop quartets, and you have captured the essence of it beautifully.
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Kim Rodrigues
Date: 4/26/2018 7:30:00 AM
Thanks so much, Elaine! <3 Kim
Date: 4/26/2018 6:47:00 AM
I enjoyed your description of the barbershop quartet very much, Kim.
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Kim Rodrigues
Date: 4/26/2018 7:26:00 AM
Thank you, Agnes! <3 Kim
Date: 4/26/2018 4:19:00 AM
Sincerely I'm at loss as what is a sestina, but what you wrote is fantastic.
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Kim Rodrigues
Date: 4/26/2018 7:25:00 AM
Thank you, Victor! <3 Kim