Lyric Fire: NaPoWriMo 2012 – Day 4 of 30 Poems in 30 Days – Jukebox Bennie

NaPoWriMo 2012 – 30 Poems in 30 Days – Day 4

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:

Jukebox Bennie

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!

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Comments (21 Responses)

  1. Janaki Nagaraj says:

    This is cool…:-)

  2. Nichole Christian says:

    Yep, your blues is sweet Tameka. Especially, love ” my soul cold fades to black.””
    Start of another poem, if you ask me.

  3. sulekha says:

    Benni didn’t know what he lost and neither did Billy.A fantastic poem.

  4. Thanks Janaki! I had fun writing it. I’m really loving these prompts! πŸ™‚
    Hmmm, Nichole, you don’t say? I think you’re right. I could definitely riff off of that line. I will take your suggestion. Thanks girl!
    They sure didn’t Sulekha! LOL! Thanks! Looking forward to your poem today too!

  5. Rachel Hoyt says:

    I found myself wanting to sing. I think that’s a good sign! πŸ™‚

  6. Andy says:

    Your pen has that lyrical touch Tameka. Lovin’ your sultry blues! Nice image too.

  7. Adriene says:

    What the what? Awesome! Now that was a true and complete song, great story, and just bluesy!

  8. Sounds like many a blues song I’ve ever heard. Loved it Tameka.

  9. Jessica says:

    This was great!

  10. I wish I could hear you sing this instead Tameka πŸ˜‰ Your words did come smoothly πŸ™‚

  11. Corinne says:

    Loved it, sistah!

  12. Pamela says:

    Great post–mind blowing!

  13. Hey Rachel! Sounds good to me! Sing on!

  14. Glad you liked it Andy. I edited the pic so it’s nice to know it was also appreciated! πŸ™‚

  15. I can see you popping your fingers Sweepy! Thank you so much! πŸ™‚

  16. I was trying to represent! Thanks Jenni! πŸ™‚

  17. Thanks so much Melissa! I’m not a great singer, but I can carry a tune. πŸ™‚
    Jessica, Corinne and Pamela, I appreciate you guys! Thanks a bunch! πŸ™‚

  18. Debbie says:

    Singing along, tapping the tune!! Love your writing!!

  19. Thanks Debbie! I was hoping it would make people want to sing. πŸ™‚

  20. Hahah…loved it soo much gal..wt a beautiful rhythm all across the poetry rather such a beautiful song..sounds like d one from old and brilliant days of Rock Music…
    Loved it…………..

  21. Thanks Mani! LOL! I listened to a few old blues records for inspiration before I wrote it. Glad to see you here girl. Have a blessed Easter Sunday!

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