Dem Haiku Blues

The Old Guitarist - Picasso

Yes I know, what am I doing mixing haiku and blues! Is it irresponsible, absurd, maybe even disrespectful? Well……. my daughter forwarded me a quote a few days ago that got me thinking…….

If you are not willing to risk the unusual, you will have to settle for the ordinary. Jim Rohn

And here are a few more that influenced me:

Love, and do what you like. St Augustine

You're only given a little spark of madness. You mustn't lose it. Robin Williams

Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible. Frank Zappa

So here are a few new haiku and even a few of my old ones on the same theme. And by the way, any blues fans who have not heard Robben Ford's version of 'I Ain't Got Nothing But The Blues' (see below), do yourself a favour and watch the video now!

what are you doing

take your tongue out of my mouth

this kiss is good-bye

i’m playing the blues

touching deep that special place

the depths of my soul

alone in my bed

I’m feeling low down and blue

where the hell are you

you were on my mind

when i woke up this morning

it tore me apart

Ain't got the change of a nickel
Ain't got no bounce in my shoes
Ain't go no fancy to tickle
I ain't got nothing but the blues

Ain't got no coffee that's perking
Ain't got no winnings to lose
Ain't got a dream that is working
I ain't got nothing but the blues

When trumpets flare up
I keep my hair up
I just can't make it come down
Believe me peppie
I can't get happy
Since my ever loving baby left town

Ain't got no rest in my slumbers
Ain't got no feelings to bruise
Ain't got no telephone numbers
I ain't got nothing but the blues

Ain't got the change of a nickel
Ain't got no bounce in my shoes
Ain't go no fancy to tickle
I ain't got nothing but the blues

Ain't got no coffee that's perking
Ain't got no winnings to lose
Ain't got a dream that is working
I ain't got nothing but the blues

I ain't got nothing but the blues
When trumpets flare up
I keep my hair up
I just can't make it come down
Believe me peppie
I can't get happy
Since my ever loving baby left town

Ain't got no rest in my slumbers
Ain't got no feelings to bruise
Ain't got no telephone numbers
I ain't got nothing, nothing, nothing but the blues

Ain't got no east, no west, no good, no best
Ain't got no man to choose
I ain't got nothing
Ain't got nothing but the blues 

been inside myself

can’t get you out of my mind

i wish i could cry

sleeping without you

not as much fun as with you

come back to my bed 

what was i thinking

took a chance on happiness

you took it away

rushing up the neck

playing some ass-kicking blues

pentatonic scale

on hearing your voice

i know it was right so why

do i feel so low

I've Got the Blues For You

As I stand by your flame
I get burned once again
Feeling low down and blue

As I sit by the fire
Of your warm desire
Ive got the blues for you

Every night you've been away
Ive sat down and I have prayed
That you're safe in the arms of a guy
Who will bring you alive
Wont drag you down with abuse

In the silk sheet of time
I will find peace of mind
Love is a bed full of blues

And I've got the blues for you
And I've got the blues for you
And I've bust my brains out for you
And I'll tear my hair out
I'm gonna tear my hair out just for you
If you don't believe what I'm saying

At three o'clock in the morning, babe, well
I'm singing my song for you

i insulted you

that wasn’t my intention

love’s slight hurts at times

feeling so alone

i’m not out looking for you

why don’t you answer 

i’m breaking my heart

is it the right thing to do

do it for me please

churning guts and heart

and i the one who said go

on my own again 

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10 comments

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maven101 7 years ago from Northern Arizona

Hi Russ...Here it's 3 in the morning...couldn't sleep...opened up HubPages, found your latest, made some coffee, and just finished savoring your blue haiku...the theme suited my mood perfectly, gave communal comfort to my unsettled thoughts...a rift with my son is the genesis for my blues...love can be so cruel when least expected, and from hidden quarters...your timely haiku has helped assuage the pain of a bruised love...tomorrow is another day...The pics and prose fit together perfectly, and the choices of song are right on... Hamba Kahle, my friend..Larry


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Russ Baleson 7 years ago from Sandhurst, United Kingdom Author

Hi Larry, Thank you for your comments and your openness, I always find it refreshing. Hope you're able to look beyond what's causing the hurt and see the real connection. Sala Kahle my friend. Russ


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Vladimir Uhri 7 years ago from HubPages, FB

Russ, very good hub, thanks.

"Love is a bed full of blues"

Very often it is true.

Vladimir


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Russ Baleson 7 years ago from Sandhurst, United Kingdom Author

Hi Vladimir, thanks for your comments. Yes, unfortunately it is true. Regards, Russ


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habee 7 years ago from Georgia

Great hub, and the Picasso is my favorite from the artist. I much prefer his blue period to his cubist. I was introduced to your verse at Larry's "place."


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Russ Baleson 7 years ago from Sandhurst, United Kingdom Author

Hi Habee, great to see you here, thanks for your visit and your comments. I also like Picasso. I was at the Ashmolean museum in Oxford, United Kingdom on Sunday and saw an amazing very early painting of his and was reminded at how versatile he was.


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tonymac04 6 years ago from South Africa

Russ - I don't know why I missed this one! Loved it very much. Loved this one especially: "you were on my mind / when i woke up this morning / it tore me apart" That is a wow of a haiku, my friend!

Love and peace

Tony


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Russ Baleson 6 years ago from Sandhurst, United Kingdom Author

Hi Tony, thank you! Your comments always mean a lot to me. Go well my friend. Russ


Chèvrefeuille 3 years ago

I am hosting a daily haiku meme. I sought for Blues haiku and came along your hub with this gorgeous post on Blues.

I have used a few of your haiku in the new post and ofcourse with references to you and this hubpage. I hope you're ok with that. I will post this Monday's post around 10.00 PM (CET) today.


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Russ Baleson 3 years ago from Sandhurst, United Kingdom Author

Hi Chèvrefeuille, thank you, I am definitely okay with that and appreciate your support. Regards,

Russ

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