Billy and his Chevrolet

An Experimentation with the Ballad Format


Johnny and his sister

were walking down the road

Billy in his Chevrolet

not watching where he go.


Sister holds a basket

and Johnny holds her hand

Mother needs some eggs at market

and bacon and some ham.


Out of nowhere Billy comes

Kicking up dust and grit

Music blaring and cigarette burning

Too young to give a sh*t.


Johnny and his sister

distracted by each other

Don't see Billy's Chevrolet

have no time to run for cover


The Chevrolet goes plowing

Into Johnny and sister both

now they lay dead and broken

upon that dusty road.


Billy screams and hollers

But it it is far too late

And Billy and his Chevrolet

Have a destiny with fate.


He drives the car over the edge

of Alan Montgomery's Cliff

The car explodes in a ball of fire

Now Billy is a stiff.

Thanks for Reading.

A free-lance writer, Honors student and Gover Prize finalist, Justin W. Price (aka, PDXKaraokeGuy) considers himself a poet first and foremost but is also a skilled short story, biographer and humor writer. His poetry collection, Digging to China, will be released February 2nd, 2013 by Sweatshoppe Publications and is currently available on Amazon as well as your local bookseller.

His work will also be featured in Best New Fiction (2014 edition), and has appeared previously in the Rusty Nail, eFiction, eFiction Humor, The Crisis Chronicles, The Hellroaring Review and the Bellwether Review. He currently serves as managing editor of eHorror Magazine and the Bridge online newspaper. He previously served as the poetry and correspondence editor for The Bellwether Review.

He works as a freelance writer, editor, and ghost writer, and is working towards his Ph.D. He lives in a suburb of Portland, Oregon with his wife, Andrea, and their labradoodle, Bella

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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Thanks, Derdriu. I'm glad you enjoyed this. I was just messing around, so it's nice to know my messing around was appreciated :-)


Derdriu 4 years ago

PDXKaraoakeGuy, Wow, this is a ballad that's also about poetic justice: Johnny gets back what he gives out! In particular, I like the foreshadowing in the first stanza where you have the two children on a road that's being traveled by someone with an attitude and a vehicle built for speed (an ominous combination).

Up + UABI (not meant to be funny).

Respectfully, and with many thanks for such a powerful poem/song, Derdriu


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Thanks Audra. I'm glad you enjoyed this! Thanks for sharing


iamaudraleigh 4 years ago

Love the ending!!! Really good poetry here!!!!!! Voted up and shared!!!


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Thanks Victoria. i wrote this one quite a while ago, before I really understood how to promote my work. I'm glad you enjoyed it... and sharing is caring!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

Wow, I'm surprised you don't have more comments on this one. So interesting, really. Very surprising at the end. I like this one! We need to pimp it!!


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

thanks so much for that nice comment!


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3angelspower 5 years ago from Cornwall, Ontario

A great style to tell a sad story in a form of a poem. Keep up the good work.. You are talented, have potential, and not many can master this...


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Thanks bro!


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LVidoni5 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon

This is great man! I'll have to check out your other hubs. Up and ish.

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