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Deep Swamp Blues
by Mark A. Rockeymoore
Saturday, July 07, 2007
Rated "G" by the Author.
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Louisiana on my mind...


Secon' Sight
Mamere call it to me,
one day on de way home
from chuch.

Dat ol' Sissy Rains,
live down on de bayoo
outside town
could talk to
Spirits, dey sed.

Use'ta sleep widdim,
had host'a chillins,
white'n grey haints,
could see thru 'em,
as dey play'n nobody
talk to her
she be proud'n walkin'
thru de streets,
head high'n whisper lies
follow her on home.

In hush tones,
Mamere use'ta tell dem tales
o' Voodoo Kings'n Queens
straight from ol' Haiti,
livin'n lovin' oe'er dem years
Octroon'n Quadroon balls
dreamin'a N'awlins'n big city lights,
livin' for de night'o nights.

An' dose tales'a
voodoo wimmins stealin' chillins
by night'n draggin' em
kickin'n screamin'
into de black sky, ne'er to be seen
'gin.

Dems 'dem deep swamp blues,
Papaw use'ta call 'em,
de silent cry'o lost souls
mixed wit' Caimon groans'n
de chatter'o Tooloulou n' Wowaron.

C'est la vie, he use'ta say,
chucklin'n rockin' on de porch,
his pipe jes'a smokin'n de twilight.

"Maise, p'tit boug, fais do-do",
Mamere use'ta sing to me
dem long 'go nights,
coffee'n cream skin'a hers
line'n wrinkle like bedsheets
floatin' on de wind.

Mon dreams'o
black water'n white skies'n
dose mangrove cover wit' chadron,
de sweet lap'o waves
'gainst Papaw's house
lullin' chillins to sleep.

Pauvre Maman, defan Papa,
Mi aime jou.
Années passées,
from your sweet son,
to you, au revoir.



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Reviewed by Todd-Michael St. Pierre 8/5/2008
A native Louisiana Boy, I am here to testify dat dis here is some good!
Reviewed by Poetess of The Soul Sheila G 7/11/2007
This is Kewl!
I like this gem to sent!
I will savor and treasure this!
I love the swamp and all it emits!
Great job on the new style Mark!

WArm Hugs, Warrior "Purple Spirit" Lady Sheeeoox
Stay Positive!
Stay SAFE!
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 7/8/2007
Wow enjoyed this one to the fullest....the dialecl made even more fun to reed:)

Love Tinka
Reviewed by Sherry Heim 7/8/2007
What a beautiful offering, Mark. It is like a song and certainly took me deep into the bayou as I read. I could smell the wet grasses and the swamp gasses and feel the heavy dampness of the foggy air. This is a keeper and one to read again and again when I need a moment of relaxation and escape from the frantic world. This reads like a preface to a novel. Is it possible that you are considering writing one? If so, I will be at the head of the line to buy my copy.
Take care,
Sherry
Reviewed by Andre Bendavi ben-YEHU 7/8/2007

I have enjoyed the reading of "Deep Swamp Blues".

I salute You, Poet.

In admiration,


Andre Emmanuel Bendavi ben-YEHU
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