Monday, July 13, 2020

Down to the Juke

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Down to the Juke

“If I don’t have red, I’ll use blue.”
--Pablo Picasso.

Down deep
cobalt is
the bayou;

there’s a juke joint
named Sapphire’s.

Place jumps
with jive
and sweat.

Miss Sapphire
owns the club;
she moans
the blues
so sultry,
you’re hard
while bobbing.

in blue jumpers,
pound the planks,
for the Navy.

Glenn Buttkus


Posted over at d'Verse Poets Pub


Kim M. Russell said...

I see you took some blue inspiration from Picasso, Glenn! I love the opening lines; they took me right there to the bayou - and Sapphire’s. Cobalt is one of my favourite blue tones, not so much sapphire, it’s too pale, and navy blue just reminds me of school uniform!

Jane Dougherty said...

I love that opening phrase!

Grace said...

I love the shades of blue Glenn. You captured the setting and mood of the place. said...

Gotta love a tribute to the blues. Nice one.

Susan said...

Good writing, Glenn. Sultry & sweating. Good stuff!

Frank J. Tassone said...

A wonderous riff on the Blues motiff! You nailed it, Glenn!

Sanaa Rizvi said...

Wonderful, sensual shades of blue in this one!💝 I love; "Sailors in blue jumpers, pound the planks." Happy Eighth dVerse Anniversary, Glenn 😃

Ron. Lavalette said...

Yep. NAILED it.

Dale said...

This makes me want to go down to the Juke.

Jade Li said...

You've created a steamy, sultry world in 44 words. It makes me want to know more about this place and the characters who inhabit it. I like how you placed yourself in the midst of it.

Kerfe said...

Quite the blue rainbow.

indybev said...

Sounds like you cavorted at Miss Saphire's in the good old days! Happy memories!

Dwight L. Roth said...

This one reminded me of Linda Rondstat's Blue Bayou!

Gillena Cox said...

Very clever, all those blue shades in your poem


Ken Gierke said...

I can feel the heat of the moment in this. said...

Oh you set it up so well in that first stanza....and then Miss Saphire....whew! You went all sultry and I'm swingin with the music sippin' my gin right with those sailors! GREAT job! :)

Katie Mia Frederick said...

Of Dance
Hall Days
Crows Raven
Wings Still
Dance Free
Summer Blue
Skies Seeing
Dog Days SinGinG
See Ya Retrograde Mars..:)

Anthony Borderlines said...

Loved the vision it painted, especially as now I have, after the meet, in my head, my version of Glenns' voice telling it to me in raspy HunterThompsonian attitude, that suits the poem to a tee! (is that a saying? "to a tee"? to a ... fist in the eye, Blues and whisky, deep drunken talks on long summer nights!)

Merril D. Smith said...

Wonderful, sultry, bluesy blues. Great opening line. I had an image of the juke joint in The Color Purple in my head while I was reading this.