Shauna Darling Robertson
Shauna Darling Robertson was born in Northumberland in 1968 and now lives in Somerset. She’s had lots of different jobs over the years but none have involved either jazz or maths (this sentence will make much more sense once you’ve read the poem below). Her poems for adults and children have been set to music, performed by actors, displayed on buses, turned into short films, made into comic art, hung on a pub wall and published in a variety of magazines and anthologies. Shauna also makes artwork and loves working with other writers, artists, musicians and film-makers to explore and play with poetry in different ways. Her website is here.
Here is one of Shauna’s great poems:
HERE’S A LITTLE JAZZ NUMBER
Jools the jazz saxophonist
longs to be an accountant.
But belongs to a family
of maestro musicians.
‘No son of mine,’ moans Dad,
‘is going to be a number cruncher.’
‘Maths?’ hoots Mum. ‘Don’t
be daft, son. Music’s far more fun,’
as she tunes her harp
for the hundredth time
in half as many days
(Jools did the sums).
Jools is a family asset, a one-in-a-million
capital saxophonist. He’s also top-brass
on trumpet, keyboard, drums, bass,
but needs to face up
to his ache to deduct,
divide, round-down, subtract.
These are taxing times –
Jools tours the world
and drowns in applause
from adoring fans.
He watches them, bored,
and counts their hands.
Reckoned up, Jools has penned
ten thousand, seven hundred and forty four autographs,
two hundred and twenty six television chat shows,
and blown his horn in
a trillion towns covering seventy-six per cent
of all credit-rated countries.
But here’s the rub –
isn’t filling his cup.
He just wants to sit at a desk,
© Shauna Darling Robertson
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