poet Dave Alan Walker

Dave Alan Walker

Bluesman

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

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

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  • Julia Luber (6/15/2019 8:59:00 PM)

    Great poem. I like poems about the blues. It is such an artistic and heart felt music so bringing poetry to that stage only makes sense.

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  • Dominic WindramDominic Windram (11/2/2018 10:02:00 AM)

    Great poem..conjures up a vivid image of bluesman Jack

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  • Akhtar Jawad (4/7/2018 10:49:00 PM)

    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
    A lovely poem.

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  • Sally Plumb Plumb (9/5/2017 2:40:00 AM)

    I love a good blues. Imaginative.

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  • Sally Plumb Plumb (7/11/2015 4:29:00 AM)

    loved this piece... because I love the blues myself.

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  • Bri EdwardsBri 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

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  • Daniel BrickDaniel 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.

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  • Kewayne WadleyKewayne Wadley (3/10/2015 3:30:00 AM)

    Nicce! ! A beautiful story that tells a story within a story

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  • Ramesh RaiRamesh Rai (9/23/2014 10:24:00 AM)

    Soulful write.Loved your emotional write as earlier.

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  • Chizryan OgunkahChizryan Ogunkah (7/28/2013 11:18:00 AM)

    good capture of imagery. very powerful and evocative.

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  • Andrew BellAndrew 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?

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  • 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

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  • Jay Yanni (3/11/2012 4:55:00 PM)

    loved reading this poem.

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  • 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 :)

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  • Scotty DoggScotty 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'

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

    lovely............................

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  • Siyabonga A Nxumalo (11/25/2011 2:45:00 AM)

    well penned, very touching...thanks for sharing Dave......10+++++++++++

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  • (De Va) (11/7/2011 4:23:00 PM)

    Soul touching....I could hear the guitar as he strummed his tune...thx...blessings

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  • Nick Krakana (10/28/2011 6:00:00 PM)

    THis is a great write

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  • Jacqui BroadJacqui 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...

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