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Wherefore "The Blues"?

written by: Mike Turner

 

Why are they called “the blues”?

Why is it that when we are overcome with hopelessness
Crushed with oppression
Alone with rejection
Empty with loss
We call our feelings
“The blues”?

Why are they not called “the blacks”?

Is it perhaps because
Even at those darkest of times
When we feel we cannot go on
When there is no reason to continue
When we feel like love and life and hope
Are extinguished
We can yet perceive the faintest glimmer of light?
Like a star cresting the far horizon in the dead of night
Shading the blackness of despair
Into a deep indigo
Serving to light our way forward
Out of the depths of depression?

And is not that tiny flicker of hope
Leading us out of despair
Back to the land of the living
“The blues”?

Mike Turner

Mike Turner

Mike Turner retired to the US Gulf Coast after a 27 year career as a Federal law enforcement executive. A brief flirtation with the ukulele brought him to the world of writing songs and poetry. Mike writes in a variety of genre, from traditional blues, folk and country to jazz and gospel; along with meter and free verse. When not writing, Mike sails a historic schooner on the Gulf of Mexico.
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