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Body Blues
by Mitzi Kay Jackson

Monday, January 31, 2005
Rated "PG13" by the Author.
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The painting with this poem is by one of my favorite painters, I also used his work with the following poems:
Goodbye for Now, EvE~Volution,Thirst for Rain, Memories Devine and Growin' Pains.....the paintings are by
Romare Bearden


Come on now baby I’s feel like getting down
Come on now baby I’s gone ta paint de town
ma feet done got so heavy
carrin’ round des here blues
dey wont ta get out and shout out wit da tunes
ma hips been achin, ta be shakin
Lord ma hips been achin ta be shakin
dey wont to move ta drum beats, faders and tempos
dat des music folks out here makin
dey wont me ta dress em’ up
dress em’ down
even dress em’ naked
cause ma hips are just a achin ta be shakin’
naw I ain’t got no money ta just be tossin off
got bills ta pay
and people to just pay-off
I ain’t got no time fo know non sense either
I’s got chilren ta raise, food ta make
and a house I’s got ta keep clean
hu…..child you know what I mean
oh but my belly yearn to roll in some loud sounds
sounds comin wit dem sinners in town
ma breast erect wit those thoughts
of rubbin up in da dark
my throat wont ta be quench wit dat sweet taste of gin
my mind wont ta go to dem places she went way back then befor’
…..des here chilren
just fo tonight open up some of dem doe’
my man say he tired and don’t wont ta hear no racket
he done worked all day and he thinking but dem bills we got ta pay
and I say:
Come on now baby I’s feel like getting’ down
Come on now baby I’s wont ta paint da town
momma gone tie her hair up just right
I’s gone wrapped dis here body up real tight
I’s gone color ma lips too
gonna put on some smells and trickets new
Baby ma bodies achin’ and gots ta ease des blues
Baby man ma body she just got ta move
we pay da rent cause da rent is due
pay half of everything else now baby you done got ta choose
da chilren are asleep dey done ate dey dinner and you done too
momma needs her desert can’t you hear dat music callin’ you?
my backbone is achin’ to twist and turn
gone be wonting some’um else later on
we both got ta work might be tired come the day
but we a tired people anyway
now baby ma body got the blues and she needs ta get away
I put ma hands on ma hips ta prove I meant da words I say
he look down and he look away ……..then he smiled at me
and say “anything fo you gots ta keep ma baby happy
cause I sure don’t wont de not having you body blues…………
naw dis one thing dat daddy cant handle”

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Reviewed by Chuck Keller 10/27/2007
I like this one, Mitzi. The use of dialect forces the reader to slow down and digest each word and phrase. Great work again.
Reviewed by Jeff Howe 3/9/2007
I think "Body Blues" is a quintessential piece of raw vernacular spiced with a combination of Langston Hughes, Mark Twain and Muddy Waters. Has a very, deep south t'ward Nawleans feel to it. I like it a lot. Cheers, Jeff
Reviewed by Helen Downey 3/6/2005
You have written in a language almost lost to the ears of today. Great to hear the way language was spoken from a period forever froze in time. Great read!
Helen :-)
Reviewed by Ronald Hull 2/6/2005
Ma bodies achin too, to goin dance wit you. Love it, it got rythym.

Reviewed by Robert Fullerton (Reader) 2/3/2005
Great write..Great read...
Thanks Mitzi....Bob
Reviewed by OnepoetGem *the Poetic Rapper 2/1/2005
Me on the weekend baby, love to dance and have fun. but I only get out about twice a year. Shame, shame. but my minds always kicken with the funky chicken. Creative super piece. G
Reviewed by A Serviceable Villain 2/1/2005

The rhythm and tempo are excellent, as-is the painting ... Bravo!!

Best wishes,

Reviewed by Mr. Ed 2/1/2005
You've truly painted the Den with this marvelous write, Mitzi - and that picture is pretty cool, too.
Reviewed by Nordette Adams 2/1/2005
A cool to the life groove write, Mitzi. It made me think of something my mother used to say a lot, "Sex is the theater of the poor." Gotta release. Also makes me think of the Apostle Paul's advice to married couples to stay apart while fasting but don't fast too long because that gives room to the devil. Better hit that thang befo' somebody else hit it for ya'. LOL Loved the language/dialect. It shows that any speech strung together in the right flow is eloquent. But then we know that from past masters like Paul Dunbar. :-) Keep doing it, gurl!
Reviewed by Phillip William Allen 2/1/2005
Excellant piece
Reviewed by J. Allen Wilson 1/31/2005
Mitzi...this piece had motion and energy...well done and I sooo loved the painting as well..

Reviewed by William Bonilla 1/31/2005
Outstanding write Mizzlady
As Always

William ......peace & Love
Reviewed by Lori Moore 1/31/2005
Well done.
Reviewed by Retta (Reindeer) Mckenzie 1/31/2005
Excellent and outstanding write!

Reviewed by George Jackson 1/31/2005
This is fantastic, Mitzi.
Reviewed by - - - - - TRASK 1/31/2005
Wild N Off The Wall Romantic Write!

Reviewed by Lamar Hunt 1/31/2005
Mitzi, your "Baby" is a lucky guy. I like the honesty, the sense of rhythm, in your lines. Lamar Hunt
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 1/31/2005

Girl, this has rhythm and passion and music just pulsing in each word! Wonderful, lyrical, and o, so fiiiine :)

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla. :)
Reviewed by Larry Rochelle 1/31/2005
This is one blues tune waiting to be sung! Luckily, I've got the Mardi Gras Blues Crawl comin' up here in KC on Feb. 8th. Lots a shakin' goin' down then!
Reviewed by Nila Jamier 1/31/2005
I LOVE IT Mitzi,
The art is fantastic and the poem is moving:)
Reviewed by George Carroll 1/31/2005
Vivid imagery I could see them hips wiggling and them firm breasts bobbing up and down. Dam lets get down.
Reviewed by Aberjhani 1/31/2005
Body be blue
cause de body be rockin'.
Mitzi post a poem
get everybody hoppin':-)

Loved it to pieces.
Reviewed by Jerry Bolton (Reader) 1/31/2005
Hahaha!!! Out of sight. Never mind that gin, what's the word? Thunderbird. What's the price? Thirty twice. What's the reaction? Aw, satisifaction. Sorry about that but the words just demanded to be let loose and I am here to tell you I haven't thought of that little ditty in many a year. This was a wild, get-down, get-up, get-whatever poem, Mitzi. Damn straight!
Reviewed by Andy Turner (Reader) 1/31/2005
I must confess, I so look forward to your posts.

It kinda reminds me when I worked in Huntsville Alabama..

Same kina lovely expressions I fell in love with.

I had a smile whilst I read this.

You sure sound like life is fun fun fun..

u's kool babes..
Reviewed by Judy Lloyd (Reader) 1/31/2005
Whoa and this one really gets to shaking and is a fantastic write here. Take Felix's advice.
Reviewed by Felix Perry 1/31/2005
Fantastic stuff and ain't it the truth that every now and then we all just got to say f... it we need to unwind.

great capture,
Reviewed by E T Waldron 1/31/2005
Whole lotta shakin goin on in this one Mitzi;-)!
Always a treat to read you!

Reviewed by E. Richardson 1/31/2005
very cool! I hear a sax and guitar blending in smokey rhythms in this...well done!
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