Watts Mosaic
Ralph C La Rosa




(Portion of poster designed by John Outterbridge 2001 A.D.)

To the memory of Charles Mingus

Charles teases rhythm from his double bass
as Sam works on his spires beside the tracks.

McNeely carries in a tenor sax
and gives Sam stones to decorate the place,
small grace notes for his stunning visual tricks.

Esther and Johnny bring a voice and a snare
to take their chairs and with the others share
her throatiness, his virtuoso sticks;

As Sam creates with glass some razzmatazz,

his spire, a clarinet in silhouette,
echoes the horn that's blown by cool Collette.

Assembled and inspired by Charlie's strings,
their musical mosaic swings and sings in sound and stone as R&B and jazz!