Saturday, October 4, 2014

The Blues Singer

Got a shiver scream that shatters the scale-
a banshee wail rising up from the blues,

but it's the breath behind the beat
that havens truth.

So, I give gravel and guts to the girls up front -
I've walked in their high heeled shoes.

And the barefoot sigh on the B-side,
I save for you.

A Flash Fiction 55 Real Toads

18 comments:

Carrie Van Horn said...

Wow Mama Zen....I love the message you belt out with this. "but it's the breath behind the beat that havens truth."....yea this is amazing!!!

Kerry O'Connor said...

Excellent metaphor! There is much to be said for the B side.

;-)

Sylvia K said...

Ah, no one says/writes it better, MZ!! Hope you have a great weekend!!

hedgewitch said...

This a surprisingly complete, complex and compelling tale in 55, MZ--and sometimes the B-side is the only one to listen to.

Helen said...

Leonard Cohen has a new album .. he could sing this ~ for sure, his style!!! Love it.

Margaret said...

It's all about breathing! All good singers know that. Wow this is AWESOME! I'd love to hear you sing…

Fireblossom said...

I adore this, Kelli. I love "gravel and guts" and the rhyme and the whole thing. Sigh.

Hannah said...

This indeed carries a blues too cool beat...love it, Mama Zen!

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Love "the breath behind the beat that havens truth" and saving the B side "for you".

Björn Rudberg said...

The B-side is where that sigh is saved.. So much to be said that we can only do within the frame of silence.

manicddaily said...

Ah charming. Super well done. The breath that havens is so great--there is the magic of syncopation that you have caught here--just terrific.

It makes me remember seeing Muddy Waters once years ago in a small bar. He was so great. I never wore high heels but unfortunately, the barefoot boy (those words somehow describe him) had me saved for the B side. (Ha.) k.

Susan said...

Love. I've never been up there, but I feel it all through this poem.

Magaly Guerrero said...

A banshee singing the Blues... Now that's magical!

Grace said...

Opening lines are stellar MZ ~

R.K. Garon said...

Wonderful! You made my evening :)
ZQ

Susie Clevenger said...

This is definitely a blues song..love it. Often the B side has the best music.

Marian said...

aaah, yeah...

Jinksy said...

Love that B side!