Monday, May 17, 2010

The Blues Collector

The Magpie Tales continue...

The Blues Collector

They call me Eeyore at work
and give me a stuffed version of him
to remind me I look on the dark side

Billie Holiday sings the blues
and people pay to ride her sorrow
(Am I blue?
What are these tears in my eyes
telling you?)

I take a blue pill for the blues
and it puts me in the pink
Do you think I might use
your blue suede shoes
to chase the blues away?

Eeyore says to Pooh
It’s sunny today
but it might rain tomorrow
and no one pays to ride my sorrow

I have a blue plate
by Currier and Ives
chipped (of course)
that I picked up cheap
in some thrift store dive

No Limoges for me, not
Blue Willow either
I married an optimist wearing
tennis shoes and I’ve skated
on thin ice ever since

He loves me madly as I am
a collector of the blues
but somewhere down the line
he might change his tune
For now
its Blue skies smiling at me
Nothing but blue skies
do I see

I slip on those blue shoes
and go tapping, tapping
down the street


Check out what other bloggers have done with the Blue Willow prompt here.


Brian Miller said...

of course you got me to smile...loved the pooh references and that in the end you were still dancing. nice magpie, chris...

Tumblewords: said...

I love this! From the title to the final line. Stellar.

evalinn said...

Very nicely written!

Helen said...

This has to be one of the most unique Magpies ever ..... I loved the flow, the movement of your words.

Dianne said...

oh baby blue
you break my heart



joanny said...

This is one clever witty poem loved it all the way to the Tapping , Tapping Tapping down the street ...

Great maggie!

Jess Mistress of Mischief said...

Beautiful and blue... I was eeyore for a very long time VERY long time.

Glad I'm more the tigger type now. :)

the walking man said...

Chipped or not throw some MORE food on that plate and serve it up.

TechnoBabe said...

This is a fast moving toe steppin' poem that makes me smile all the way through. Really nice writing. Thanks for the huge grin hanging on my face right now.

Argent said...

Fabuloso! Very clever and witty.

RNSANE said...

I love the blues and Billie Holiday and all your poetry.

Magpie said...

Great flow and so much here. I love it!

The Bug said...

What fun! My husband brought an entire set of blue & white Currier & Ives to the marriage - I love them. But now when I see them I'll be thinking about Eeyore.

Syd said...

Lots of great lines in this poem, Chris. My favorite is "I married an optimist wearing tennis shoes and I've skated on thin ice ever since."

Angie Muresan said...

Certainly love your take on the prompt.

Uma said...

Such a bluey poem, really love this.

susan m hinckley said...

I just loved this -- you had me immediately with the first three lines. Takes one to know one, maybe.

Paul C said...

Enjoy the blues theme throughout.

Sam Liu said...

I was smiling throughout this, your piece really demonstrates the vast cultural significance of the colour blue. Great Magpie Tale :D

Caty said...

loved the pooh reference and the Billy Holiday reference. Great favorite lines were "I married an optimist wearing tennis shoes and I've skated on thin ice ever since"

willow said...

Super blues!! Loved this take on the willow plate!

rel said...

It's great when the words accurately express our feelings.

Scott said...

you're such a wonderful wordsmith... I love this one!

Woman in a Window said...

Fun use of popular culture in this one, Chris. I like the optimist part with the tennis shoes.


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