Julie Ann Rio

Laying lonely just-a waiting for her lover
Laying lonely just-a waiting for her lover | Source

Pretty miss Julie Ann Rio born a long time ago
Laid in a silo not high, but oh Lordy so low.
Midnight brunette as black as night you bet
Lips o' fire and heart giving as giving can get.

Pretty miss Julie Ann Rio a grown lady now she knows
Legs so long, hair so dark and laugh so low.
Click, clack high heels a singing, while smile's a singing
Songs of dark alley love while raindrops ringing.

Julie Ann Rio dress of red, words not said
Heart beating silent with morals so dead.
Lying amidst a silken bed wondering if death is hid
Breathing a breath and finding desire's hot bid.

Sassy Julie Ann Rio look-a that dance
Look-a that prance.
Eyes-a flashing and lover's she's dashing
Ne'er faithful and yet, so ungrateful.

Lovely miss Julie Ann Rio walking down aisle
Worn every turn and curve within a mile.
Smiling a smile making girls rile
Marrying a trapper rough, gruff and vile.

Lonely old dying Julie Ann Rio now sits alone
Husband Robby much like a dream and gone.
To rockin' chair Julie Ann's clinging
Julie Ann's hearing her death bell ringing.

Julie Ann Rio in a satin red dress
Julie Ann Rio in a satin red dress | Source

© 2016 Kenneth Avery

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Jennifer Mugrage 4 months ago from Columbus, Ohio

THIS IS AMAZING!!!

Did you really write this? I can almost hear it being sung by someone like Johnny Cash.

I am exposing my ignorance, here ... have no idea who Julie Ann Rio is, whether this is an original poem or you have dug up an old blues ballad that everyone knows but me ... but I love, love LOVE this poem.

Also ... I love the direction you're going with the art.


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kenneth avery 4 months ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Hi, Jennifer,

Yes, to your first question of did I write this. Your comment, which is Very Appreciated, never occurred to be to be lyrical for someone like Cash. Wow! You have really made my day.

Julie Ann Rio is one of the many imaginary residents of my imagination who I felt needed to be let out for awhile.

Do you really think these verses would be in the Blues vein?

And thanks too, Jennifer, for the sweet remark about the artwork.

Please stay in touch, my dear friend for life is so short.

Your Friend for Life/ Kenneth


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BlossomSB 4 months ago from Victoria, Australia

Great poem and love the images, too. Do write some more, this was delightful.


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Jennifer Mugrage 4 months ago from Columbus, Ohio

Yes, Kenneth, I'm not very knowledgeable about the blues genre, but I think this has some elements. For one thing, the dark, tragic, yet universal subject matter. The very repetitive stanzas, with a non-conforming "bridge" in the fourth stanza. The folksy turns of phrase.

It also reminds me (a little bit) of the song "Delia," by Johnny Cash. And his song "Cry, Cry, Cry." I'm sure there are lots of others. I am no end impressed that you wrote it. (Or, maybe Julie Ann Rio sort of wrote it "for" you!)


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kenneth avery 4 months ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

BlossomSB,

I do not have the adequate words or ways to say thanks to you, my dear friend. I sincerely appreciate your comment. I do.

I have published two more that are less of an abstract/prose than any of my previous offerings.

"The Old Whittler," is one example and "The Minstrel's Last Song," is another.

But I do not want to come off sounding self-centered. I am nothing without you and all of my treasured followers.

Kenneth


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kenneth avery 4 months ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Dear Jennifer,

Wow! You need to write a first-person textbook on the structures and framings of various styles of poetry and I am not joking.

Loved your comments. Your words gave me the feeling that I do not need to think about leaving HP anytime soon.

I appreciate YOUR words of comfort and as for "Julie Ann Rio," penning this piece . . ."Shhhhhhhhh."


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bravewarrior 3 months ago from Central Florida

You've told this woman's story succinctly, yet with great emotional detail, if that makes any sense. I, too, was wondering if Julie Ann Rio was a famous person. I think it's pretty amazing that you dream up characters in your head, complete with full name and a history. It's common in novels, but I've never known a poet to have characters speak to them. Pretty cool, Kenneth!

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    Kenneth, loves satire and writings to spotlight others, but he also has an "addiction" so to speak, to dramatic and abstract/prose poetry.



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