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Miss Lettie's Shimmy

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MorninGlory
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0 posted 09-11-2003 12:04 AM       View Profile for MorninGlory   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions  View IP for MorninGlory

It was the Mississippi Delta, on the Louisiana side,
edge-of-a-cotton-field, hole-in-the-wall blues hall it was,
where stale air moaned as Miss Lettie’s blues-lovin’ butt
belted out a woeful, ‘I Want a Little Sugar in My Bowl.’

I want a little sugar in my bowl
I want a little sweetness down in my soul
I could stand some lovin' Oh so bad
I feel so funny and I feel so sad

Miss Lettie liked to wear her clothes loose when dancin’
and singin’ way down there where the blues began,
home of a juke joint blues jam band, a place called
Junior Dupree’s Grocery, Pool Hall and House of Blues.

I want a little steam on my clothes
Maybe I can fix things up so they'll go
Whatsa matter Daddy come on, save my soul
I need some sugar in my bowl I ain't foolin'
I want some sugar in my bowl

Her thighs kissed each other as she danced on stage, sparks flew
on that hot delta afternoon, her smile wide as Willie Ray blew
his golden, mellow saxophone, I suspect she even smiled when
she slept at night, way down where the river meets the road.

You been acting different I've been told,
Soothe me, I want some sugar in my bowl
I want some steam on my clothes
Maybe I can fix things up so they'll go

Her skin was the color of coffee with two spoons of cream,
her hair was curly and black, her green eyes a soft jade
with light behind them that shone like heaven when she sang,
that sweet black angel loved to shimmy and spread her wings.

Whatsa matter Daddy
Come on save my soul
I want some sugar in my bowl
I ain't foolin', I want some
- yeah - in my bowl.

Willie Ray’s playin’ brought out the best in Miss Lettie, some said
musta’ been a preacher ‘cause he played hell outta that sax.
The music on that stage and the belly-rubbin’ on the floor was
fine shimmy-shakin’, git-down-to-the-blues, y’all, medicine.

~~ . ~~


Note: The lyrics are Nina Simone's, 'I Want Some Sugar in My Bowl', this song and Nina were the inspiration for this poem. She died earlier this year, she will be missed.

[This message has been edited by MorninGlory (09-11-2003 12:06 AM).]

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1 posted 09-11-2003 12:09 AM       View Profile for angelblueyes   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for angelblueyes

This is a wonderful tribute to a wonderful lady.She is smiling down on you.
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2 posted 09-11-2003 12:13 AM       View Profile for Kaoru   Email Kaoru   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Kaoru

Awesome!
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Wow! Let me just say that again. Wow! A wonderful poem MorninGlory. I love the theme...love the descriptive lines. Excellent my friend. Thank-you for posting this one.
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4 posted 09-11-2003 01:17 AM       View Profile for Susan Caldwell   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Susan Caldwell

Very nicely done!

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5 posted 09-11-2003 01:20 AM       View Profile for Earth Angel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Earth Angel's Home Page   View IP for Earth Angel

I enjoyed the vitality and vivid imagery of this write. It was fun reading experience!


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6 posted 09-11-2003 06:50 AM       View Profile for MorninGlory   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for MorninGlory

Thank you all so much for your lovely comments. Miss Lettie was a labor of love, I enjoyed writing this piece and it holds a special place in my heart. I'm so glad you enjoyed it. Thank you all for making me feel so welcome.

~ becky
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7 posted 03-18-2005 10:05 AM       View Profile for Marge Tindal   Email Marge Tindal   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Marge Tindal's Home Page   View IP for Marge Tindal

MorninGlory~
I was scooting through the archives and found this little beauty from you~
GREAT READ~
*Huglets*
~*Marge*~

~*When the heart grieves over what it has lost,
the spirit rejoices over what it has left.
- Sufi epigram <))><

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