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The Blues

by Luanne Stevenson (writer), , July 09, 2011

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The power of soul

“Hang in there because the greatest quarterbacks complete only six of 10 passes. Walt Disney went bankrupt before finding fortune. The strong woman learns to sing in the rain.

Yesterday,

Field Hollers, soulful and melancholy

Emotive and rhythmic despite suffrage

Releasing pain through beautiful song

Back- breaking labor, lost love, and poverty

The strong woman learns to sing in the rain

Creating beauty where there is none

Powerful

Today,

She's standing in the food pantry line

A minstrel missing her band

Feeling forgotten, frightened, unloved

Unemployment and mounting bills play her trumpet

This Field Holler cries at night, wanting no one to hear

Powerful

Feeling melancholy without soul

She wants to learn how to hum authentically.

Today, in line, she waits

But no song plays on her harmonica

Her piano keys have been broken.

She wants to believe, someday soon,

She'll find reason to sing.

For today, she feels blue and powerless.

Emotive but lacking rhythm

Praying for power to create beauty where there is none

Faithfully waiting for her trumpet to sound

Powerful

“Hang in there. Hang in there because the greatest quarterbacks complete only six of 10 passes. The best basketball players make only 50% of their shots. The top oil companies, with all their geologists, drill 10 dry holes for every wet one. And even the most successful actors flunk 29 auditions for television commercials before they land one. So HANG IN THERE.” ~Anon



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Luanne Stevenson is a writer for BrooWaha. For more information, visit the writer's website.
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5 comments on The Blues

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By Luanne Stevenson on July 09, 2011 at 02:41 pm

I still don't believe I can write poetry...but you asked me to try again...so here it is.

Thanks! :-)

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By Luanne Stevenson on July 09, 2011 at 04:30 pm

Thanks TJ for the words of encouragement...and Gary...

think I've found strength, maybe creativity...but still searching for opportunity...

"When one door closes, another one opens?"...It's hell waiting in the hallway.

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By LincolnDidn'tLie on July 09, 2011 at 06:45 pm

Emotive and rhythmic despite suffrage

Releasing pain through beautiful song

Back- breaking labor, lost love, and poverty

The strong woman learns to sing in the rain

Creating beauty where there is none

This reminds me of the all the women(men,too)throughout history who have toiled and labored and fought and lost and won. The days when it was sunrse to sunset to survive..and where were they at the end of the working day? Playing music on the porch, listening to the old radio in the one room house(sooo, reminds me of the Coal Miner's Daughter too)they struggled but they still sang and dance..and never gave up.

Kind of like what you just did, is that a harmonica I hear?

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By Luanne Stevenson on July 10, 2011 at 08:06 am

LOL...maybe the harmonica is playing, ever so quietly :-)

And you're right-"Never Give UP" should still be the motto for today (history seems to repeat itself, different times, different technology, but people still suffer)

Thanks for taking the time to comment!

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By Caballero_69 on July 14, 2011 at 03:48 pm

"She's standing in the food pantry line

A minstrel missing her band

Feeling forgotten, frightened, unloved

Unemployment and mounting bills play her trumpet"

As my first political hero [who lived when I did] said, "Now the trumpet summons us again".

We need to reach out to one another as individuals and as a people to minimiize the number of people who feel forgotten, frightened, and unloved."

We need to think of our fellow man, lend them a helping hand put a little love in our hearts. So the world will be a better place.

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