The prompt for today’s poetry challenge is to create a poem based on the 12-bar blues musical form. My parents played the blues all the time when I was growing up so I’m no stranger to this! I hope you enjoy:
I’m sweet on Jukebox Bennie, cuz he’s got thick black wavy hair
I said I’m sweet on Jukebox Bennie, cuz he’s got that thick black wavy hair
In June I’m supposed to marry Billy, but I don’t really give a care
My momma said Bennie’s just a playboy and he’ll never amount to anything
My momma swears Bennie’s a playboy and he’ll never amount to anything
But I’m lost in love and floating and I want to wear his ring
When he looks at me and grins my soul cold fades to black
I’m telling yall when he looks at me my soul cold fades to black
Jukebox Bennie done just stole my heart and he aint gone give it back
Billy Johnson keeps a ringing and I ignore his every call
Po Billy Johnson keeps on ringing and I ignore his every call
Cuz me and Bennie is a courting and kissing at the mall
I done told my girlfriend’s Sally Mae and Desiree that today is the day
I said I done told my girlfriend’s Sally Mae and Desiree that today is the day
Bennie’s got something to tell me and I need to go see him right away
I put on my black mini-skirt and red lipstick yall and painted up my nails
I shole done put on my black mini-skirt and red lipstick yall and painted up my nails
But when I got to Bennie’s house that man had run off outta town with Gail
I can’t stop crying yall, I just don’t know what to do
I’m feeling kinda foolish yall and I don’t know what to do
If you ever meet Jukebox Bennie dont’cha be no fool
That man’s heart is empty and shallow like a grave
I’m feeling kinda foolish but I gotta live with the mess I made
Old Billy Johnson wouldn’t take me back and laughed in my face
Old Billy Johnson just laughed and laughed all up in my face
That’s okay cuz I gotta a new crush and he plays the bass!
For more delicious servings of poetry this month, please visit these bloggers as they are also participating in NaPoWriMo!
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