Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Liquid Lunch: Photo and Poem


Photo: My grandfather (pictured right) and friend in the Army--1944





One Shot


Gimme one shot 'o liquor to chase 'dis beer
Just one shot 'o liquor to chase 'dis beer
Gimme two more shots
and I'll run all 'dese folks outa here!

makes no difference to me if it's scotch or rum

makes no difference to me if it's scotch or rum

Gimme two mo' shots and my head is sho' to be numb

I figure it'll take some of the sting off that mighty blow

I got waitin' on me at home when I walk through that front do'





Note: Excerpt from my book of Blues-Inspired poetry, Liquid Lunch

25 comments:

the prisoner's wife said...

LOL...LOVE the poem. it matches the picture PERFECTLY!

i smell an anthology coming. your words & images...FIYAH!
(psssst...whenever i DO drop a book, hook a sista up with some artwork! lol)

peace

Stephen Bess said...

Pwife-
What's up! Good to see you. I'm glad that you like the combination. I am looking to hook something up. I'll let you know when. Thanks. :)

geoffreyphilp101@gmail.com said...

Those laser eyes.
That's a serious brother!

1Love,
Geoffrey

Stephen Bess said...

Geoffrey-
Yes, grandpa was a little rowdy as a young man. :)

if ~ever said...

awww, your grandfather-- very handsome. I love the beer jingle.

Stephen Bess said...

if~ever-
Thank you. He's still my buddy and going strong at 89.

Stephen Bess said...

Note: This little poem has evolved since I wrote, so it may look different to some of you who saw it earlier.

Michael J. West said...

I always love a poem in blues form. :-)

Stephen Bess said...

Mike-
Thanks and good to see you.

get zapped said...

Classic shot! And the poem is full of liquor and spirit! Have one on me ;)

Stephen Bess said...

Zapped-
Thanks. Bartender...I'll have a glass of Pinot. I gave up the hard stuff. :)

Crankyputz said...

Good one....Happy New Year

Stephen Bess said...

Crankyputz-
Thanks and Happy New Year to you.

BronzeBuckaroo said...

LOL at this poem. And, I love the photo. Hey, Spike Lee is suppose to be making a WW2 film I think about Afro American heroes like your granddad. Such a film is long over due.

Happy New Year!

Rethabile said...

You take after him. I can see the resemblance. And the poem rocks. I wanna strum something, now.

Ali's Zay said...

The old pic... Old pictures always say so much. Your Granmpa looks like a very determined man with a quick wit and a sarcastic sense of humor.

Peace and Love,

Ali's Zay (LoversA.blogspot.com)

NML said...

That was really good and made me laugh! Brave words! You should put your creative works together and publish it on Lulu!

Stephen Bess said...

Bronze-
That film is long overdue. A Soldier Story was good, but it didn't go deep into the actual life of a soldier. Thanks.

Rethabile-
Thanks! Yeah, I am Tom's boy. :)

Xavier-
You hit the nail on the head. :)He still has that biting wit.

NML-
Thanks. I will publish only if you buy and tell a friend. :)

urban butterfly said...

amazing photos. I love vintage photos- or anything vintage for that matter. looking at that photo is like living during that time period, for me, at least.

I am well. Consumed and preoccupied. How are you, Sir? =)

Kai C. said...

i haven't seen you awhile.
hope you are doing well!
hugs:)

p.s. what a beautiful tribute to your grandpa!

Stephen Bess said...

UB-
All is well. I am about to start a new gig. I'm excited!

Kai-
Hello Kai! Yes, it has been a while. Thanks for stopping in. I must come visit. Peace~

David E. Patton said...

Its so hard to put so much emotion in a short poem and it is a joy to read one well done. Happy New Year to you

Stephen Bess said...

David-
Thank you, sir. I'm hooked on the Blues. I can appreciate your comment very much. Peace & Happy New Year~

Torrance Stephens bka All-Mi-T said...

nice pic, let me know what u think of the ost i put up regarding the u coming King wek celevration called THANK WE FREE pls

Cero said...

Yeah, your grandfather was gorgeous, and PW is right.

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