Dave Alan Walker

Silver Star - 3,639 Points (Pudsey, Leeds)


He's just
Any old man
In any old bar
With a guitar

Then a drunk
Comes up and say's
Play us a barre

Every line on his face
Is a hook
For a book

Every crease in his neck
Is for the pain
He had to take

So he didn't care
About some young drunk
He just pulled up a chair

He started to play

People could do nothing but stare
At the sweet sound
Of misery and despair

As the bluesman played
The drunk fell to his knees
Tears of respect
Rolled down his face
As he felt the bluesmans fears

He took him to places he'd never been
He took him back
With the sweet sound of home
He took him
To where he had grown

His name
Was bluesman Jack

Submitted: Thursday, September 22, 2011
Edited: Sunday, October 23, 2011

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  • Gold Star - 6,809 Points Bri Edwards (3/28/2015 3:31:00 PM)

    not my favorite on PH, but obviously from the glance at some other comments, it was appreciated. i will gladly put it into my April (or March) 'Showcase', but i await your answer to the message i'm about to send to you.
    thanks for sharing.
    bri :)

    my favorite stanza:

    He's just
    Any old man
    In any old bar
    With a guitar (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 8,401 Points Daniel Brick (3/20/2015 1:59:00 PM)

    WOW! This is superb! What drama, what truth, the art of poetry serving the art of the blues, and both are enhanced by this union. I remember during his performance many years ago, Taj Mahal telling us the Blues can't be defined, only experienced, but the one thing the Blues always is - is sweet. I've never forgotten that. People applauded after he said it, and then he said, Now I'm going to prove it to you. Your poem is another proof of that truth, and it needs no further comment. The experience of reading it is totally fulfilling. (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 906 Points Damian Murphy (3/12/2015 7:03:00 AM)

    you can see it and almost hear it. Great poem (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,771 Points Kewayne Wadley (3/10/2015 3:30:00 AM)

    Nicce! ! A beautiful story that tells a story within a story (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 12,206 Points Ramesh Rai (9/23/2014 10:24:00 AM)

    Soulful write.Loved your emotional write as earlier. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 10 Points Chizryan Ogunkah (7/28/2013 11:18:00 AM)

    good capture of imagery. very powerful and evocative. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Andrew Bell (5/9/2012 8:46:00 PM)

    That's a great poem mate. I had a perfect scene playing in my head. Can you read mine if you get the time and let me know what you think? (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Sarah Walker (5/9/2012 3:28:00 PM)

    My favourite don't know what else to say read em all and this is my favourite (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Jay Yanni (3/11/2012 4:55:00 PM)

    loved reading this poem. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Karen Deeks (3/11/2012 11:56:00 AM)

    Beautiful spit and sawdust write of truth reality and those glorious blues.. I'm not a specific follower of any music style I appreciate all types but blues and vino seem the perfect company to enduce tears of respect and nostalgia..Thank you for sharing Karen :) (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 72 Points Scotty Dogg (12/12/2011 4:30:00 PM)

    Didn't The Who do a live album from Leeds? Love The Who. Pete's a great guitarist. And song writer. One of the best ever. 'S' (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Danae Kavouridi (12/9/2011 3:16:00 AM)

    lovely............................ (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 172 Points Siyabonga A Nxumalo (11/25/2011 2:45:00 AM)

    well penned, very touching...thanks for sharing Dave......10+++++++++++ (Report) Reply

  • Rookie (De Va) (11/7/2011 4:23:00 PM)

    Soul touching....I could hear the guitar as he strummed his tune...thx...blessings (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 146 Points Nick Krakana (10/28/2011 6:00:00 PM)

    THis is a great write (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Jacqui Broad (10/8/2011 2:42:00 PM)

    Thanks for spending time to write this. The weather-beaten people always have a story to tell, but gets condemned too easily. Salute... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Sumanta Roy (9/30/2011 12:41:00 PM)

    it is deep meaning poem, you express the hardship through the deep meaning word in your poem.it's nice. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 12 Points Sanu Puthupallil (9/29/2011 11:49:00 AM)

    it is really nice... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Adi Cox (9/28/2011 5:07:00 PM)

    I like where this poem comes from. Maybe the hardships in life can sometimes be good for people and I like how this poem suggests that the blues we feel is not wasted on us and may be a helpfull emotion that keeps us going forward. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie ... ... (9/28/2011 3:52:00 PM)

    I am so feeling the blues - man. I would pay to see Jack... front row ticket any time. (Report) Reply

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