Sunday, September 18, 2011

Blues In Two Parts

You can't outrun the devil

though there be 500 miles of endless track

You can't outrun the devil

though there be 500 miles of endless track

The only way to beat the devil

is to stare him down while he stares back.

_____


September 29th I will have 26 years continuous sobriety, Goddess willing.

This is a blues in two parts. Find the other part at Coal Black's.

for dverse poetics

22 comments:

Sioux said...

Shay--You can do so much with just six lines. I love the repetition, and the last two are priceless.

C Rose said...

perfectly stated in its simplicity. Loved this ~ Rose

Sioux said...

Okay, I had to come back because I remember the "Two Part" part of this title and thought, 'Did I miss a postscript note? Did I read the whole piece?'

I then took the time to go back and follow your link to the other piece. Both of these would be perfect sung by a Mississippi Delta blues singer. (Please don't tell me you write music as well. That would be way too much talent in one person, Shay.)

ellen abbott said...

Truer words were never spoke.

lkkolp said...

Congratulations on the 26 years of continuous sobriety despite the times the devil's 500 times of trying to lure you back.

~laurie

lkkolp said...

OOPS! This should read:

Congratulations on the 26 years of continuous sobriety despite the devil's 500 times of trying to lure you back.

Thanks ~laurie

Brian Miller said...

rock on shay....glad you stared him down....and a nice little penning to maybe remind a few that find themselves still running...

Mama Zen said...

Love it, love it!

Sheila Moore said...

stare him down, girl, even if it is one day at time (congrats)

Claudia said...

this is a real blues for sure...love the pic

lori said...

I can almost hear you singing :)

hedgewitch said...

I read the other part of this first, and I can't pick which one hits me hardest, but this one has the ring of truth, deep and real, and like all the best blues, it takes the depths of misery and makes it a well out of which to pull a bucket of that water which keeps you alive. Fine, sharp and cogent piece, Shay.

Heaven said...

That is some journey you have taken.. congrats on this milestone.

Yes, only way to do it is to stare at our selves ~

I am happy to see you go this far though I have known you only for the last few months. Hope all is well~

Beachanny said...

Love this blues and your clarity. Some writers claim their words are found at the bottom of a bottle; clearly yours are found in the brilliance of unobstructed vision. Excellent (I haven't read part ii yet)

themslvh said...

A big pat on your back congratulating you on 26 years. Loved the blues in this and part one. You both did a fantastic job!

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Hannah Stephenson said...

Stare and keep staring, Shay! Congrats on your milestone!

chromapoesy.com said...

Congratulations is a palty word here but there aren't really words for these victories. I'm an ACA in Al-Anon so I admire you and I don't throw that word around. I read both parts at once and all I can leave is a moment of silence and deep appreciation of your creative gifts.

HermanTurnip said...

Fantastic! I'm getting the whole "Robert Johnson standing at the crossroads waiting for the devil" vibe. Thumbs up. +++A. Would buy from again.

Joanna Jenkins said...

Nice, nice, nice.... And then I got to September 29th and 26 years-- WOW, WOW, WOW. High Five to you.
xo jj

Lolamouse said...

I have no question that the Devil would lose bad to the likes of you dear!

Lynn said...

Wow - that is a long time - 26 years. I admire that.

haikulovesongs said...

i'm not at all surprised that you have the strength to stare down the devil, Shay. congrats, sweetheart. ♥

this is brilliant blues on its own merit ~ going to Coal's when i leave here.