The Terminal

This is jazz.
My father, Dimitar Asenov Navorski,
see this photograph
in Hungarian newspaper 1958.

He say he look at photograph
for seven days.

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday...
Who are they?
Count Basie, Dizzy Gillespie,
Thelonious Monk, Sonny Rollins,

Art Blakey, Max Kaminsky.
57 of them all together.
After looking at photograph
for seven days, my father has idea.

He begin to write letters to club,
Lickety Split, Snookie's Sugar Bowl.

He ask the nuns to write English.
Hundreds letters.

And then he wait.
He wait month, week, year.
My father wait 40 year.
And they all sign names.
One by one.
They all write their name
and send it to my father.

All but not one.
Benny Golson.
My father die before Benny Golson
write his name and send to my father.

So I make him promise.
I keep promise.