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BLUE LIFE

YOU BOUGHT A GUITAR.
LEARNED THREE CHORDS.
THOUGHT YOU COULD SING THE BLUES.
BUT CHILD YOU’RE JUST GOING THROUGH
THOSE 12-BAR MOTIONS!
ALL STYLE, NO PASSION!
YOU’RE WASTING MY PRECIOUS TIME!
IF YOU REALLY WANT TO SING THOSE BLUES,
YOU’VE GOT TO TAKE THE HARD ROAD
AND DON’T COME BACK TILL YOUR LIFE IS:

AS DARK AS THE DEEPEST DESPAIR.

AS FRAGILE AS BUTTERFLY DREAMS.

AS LOST AS THE LOVE YOU NO LONGER SHARE.

AS WILD AS A VOODOO CHILD!

AS OPEN AS THE SKY!

AS CRAZY AS A MADMAN HOWLIN’ AT THE MOON!

COME BACK THEN AND SING THE BLUES.

COME BACK WHEN YOU ARE THE BLUES!!

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INSPIRED BY SO MANY MUSICIANS I’VE KNOWN WHO ARE STILL JUST GOING THROUGH THE MOTIONS……………

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Comments

  • Charmina
    Charminaalmost 5 years ago

    I am all that..Can i sing the blues now?:)SWEET POEM..indeed—Charma

  • YES!! THANX CHARMA!! CRY ME A RIVER!!! X

    – raymondoantonio

  • Trenchtownrock
    Trenchtownrockalmost 5 years ago

    Love this piece//those two last lines when you are the blues…love that…good work.

  • THANX CHRIS!!!! AND IT WOULD BE GREAT TO BE IN THE DELTA OR CHICAGO…BOTH!! CHECK OUT THE BLUES FROM THE SOURCE!!! OHHHHHH YEHHHHHHAAAAA!!

    – raymondoantonio

  • Skypilot
    Skypilotalmost 5 years ago

    BELLISIMO!!!!! MY FRIEND!!!!!I know that guy!!

  • THANX SKYPILOT!!! TELL HIM TO GO TO THE CROSSROADS!!! THERE’S A GUY HE NEEDS TO MEET!!!!!!!

    – raymondoantonio

  • frogster
    frogsteralmost 5 years ago

    The first lession in Blues playing my friend, you have to feel it and lived through it, if not everyone will see right through you.

  • AMEN FROGSTER!! THE HARD ROAD IS MORE SATISFYING IN THE LONG TERM!

    – raymondoantonio

  • David A. Everitt (aka silverstrummer)
    David A. Everi...almost 5 years ago

    Hi Ray – this is not as blue as some of your other poems (I can’t see a swearr word !! Lol ) love the last liner COME BACK WHEN YOU ARE THE BLUES!! you certainly have to experience the blues before you can be the blues! – David

  • AND AMEN TO YOU DAVID!!!! IT’S THE ONLY WAY!!!

    – raymondoantonio

  • autumnwind
    autumnwindalmost 5 years ago

    the best blues musicians most likely experienced the darkest of times. yeah, you can just feel it in your gut when they do their thing. so true. excellent last line. XOXOXO

  • YES SHAR, YOU KNOW WHEN SOME-ONE HAS THE " IT FACTOR " !! XOXO

    – raymondoantonio

  • Shulie1
    Shulie1almost 5 years ago

    Great poem, Ray

  • THANX SHULIE!! X

    – raymondoantonio

  • Matt Penfold
    Matt Penfoldalmost 5 years ago

    Too true Blue! ;-)

  • THANX MATT!!!

    – raymondoantonio

  • Kaleidoking
    Kaleidokingalmost 5 years ago

    Way to go!!!

  • THANX KK!!

    – raymondoantonio

  • ForestGirl
    ForestGirlalmost 5 years ago

    Ohhh YEAH!!

    AS DARK AS THE DEEPEST DESPAIR.

    AS FRAGILE AS BUTTERFLY DREAMS.

    AS LOST AS THE LOVE YOU NO LONGER SHARE.

    AS WILD AS A VOODOO CHILD!

    AS OPEN AS THE SKY!

    AS CRAZY AS A MADMAN HOWLIN’ AT THE MOON!

    I love these words Ray … I figure that it is when you have finally lost everything that the true blues show themselves … whether 12-bar blues on your guitar or in your sketch book …

    catastrophe
    obliteration
    desecration
    transformation
    substance
    depth
    reality
    life
    creation

  • EXACTLY FG!! X

    – raymondoantonio

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