Black Poetry : He Gon Have the Blues

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  1. Heartbeat

    Heartbeat Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    In the Mississippi Delta many years ago
    I was touched by a glassy eyed man of 70 or so
    Wrinkled black skin
    Framing a cigarette hanging from the corner of his mouth
    He looked at me
    Peeped and read at the same time
    Not even familiar with this kind of brother
    He looked through me

    “Son, where you from up north?” he asked
    No one had ever called me son before
    He ain’t my daddy
    Is he?
    That fleeting thought of madness came and went
    Like the heated Mississippi breeze blowing through an oak tree
    Wonder if a brother was ever hung from that tree

    Pain filled my chest as I stared at the great southern oak
    “I’m from New York”
    He was not impressed
    “Got some blues up there fosho huh”
    Had I known what the blues were I could have answered truthfully
    Instead I said “No Sir”

    To me the blues was down-south music
    Played by black men with country sounding names
    “You play the blues?” I asked
    “I pick a bit” he said
    Grabbing an old guitar that just seemed to appear

    He started playing
    I was half-assed listening
    Half-assed trying to like it
    Out of half-assed respect
    Letting the brother do his thing
    Giving him my time

    “Get to the words” I thought
    As the pain of guitar strings trying to live together
    Began to be too much
    Perhaps sensing my impatience
    Words finally came through his brown and broken teeth


    Blues all up in the concrete
    Blues all up in the steel
    Blues all up in New York City
    But youngblood don’t know how to feel
    Aw he gon have the blues
    He gon have the blues in New York City
    Yeah, yeah, yeah…
    He gon have the blues

    BE
     
  2. baller

    baller Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    this took me back to my time in the mississippi delta--itta bena--when i was at mississippi valley state, back in the seventies. i visited a lot of small towns...and ran into quite a few characters...men who this guy reminds me of. there were a lot of blues in the south, back then. thanks for the trip....:)
     
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    wow this took me back home in da delta hearing that southern sound of yesteryears what a trip
     
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    I do declare you gots a southern soul, Mr. BE... thoroughly enjoyed being there with you :)
     
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    Wow, Brother Poet Heartbeat,

    This felt so real. I was right there sitting under an oak tree witnessing the entire event. Nicely done!

    (smile)
     
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