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Story Teller

Updated on September 16, 2013
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I write my thoughts

Unclothe my soul

Bare my inner most feelings

Let the whole world know


But I never would have thought

I would step into a poets shoes

I’ve played music on the street corner

Now it’s all penned in the blues


And I never would have thought

I would turn into you


My father, how you could lie

Jesus, the Devil in disguise

Story teller, poet, philosophize

Mesmerize with those familiar blue eyes


Oh, I would have never thought

I would step into your shoes

I’ve played your harmonica on street corners

Now it’s a cross-road to the blues


And I never would have believed

I would turn into you


Now I’m the one with the story to tell

Gathering souls around me their minds to compel

And though I tried to be rid of you to no avail

I guess I’ll continue to hate you in Hell


Oh, I never would have thought

I would wear his holes in my shoes

I’ve played his guitar on street corners

A poet’s broken string blues


And I never would have dreamed

I would turn into you


Well I never would have thought

I’d travel in Dads shoes

But I’ve sang the same bullshit

A doomed poet’s blues


And I never would have thought

I would turn into you


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      bizarrett81 3 years ago from Maine

      Awesome as always.. I miss having time to read all of your work and everyone else's on here! So glad you are still pumping them out! This one is dark but beautiful...

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Wow what thoughts it conjures up between my dad and me and my adult son. Just excellent. I will follow and come back to read again.

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      cleaner3 3 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      great poetry ..Wayne... I like the way you weave together the poet and the singer ..the blues and soul ..Awesome

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      Rosemary Sadler 3 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      Wow this is excellent Wayne. History repeating itself from father to son. Singer come poet, this would make a great song

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      Martin Kloess 3 years ago from San Francisco

      Great work! I am the footsteps of many people that started with Johnny Land.

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      Lissette 3 years ago from Central Florida

      Great read. Very melodic and easy flowing.

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      Wayne Barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you, Beth. I miss seeing your work on here.

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      Kari Shinal 3 years ago from Fayetteville, NC

      I would love to 'hear' this some time. Wonderful expression. Thank you for this, I can really identify with it.

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      Wayne Barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thanks for the read, Eric.

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      Wayne, I love this poem (song). I just hope you don't really hate your dad. I love mine so much, I can't imagine ever feeling anything but love for him.

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      Wayne Barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you Michael.

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      Wayne Barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you very much, Rosemay.

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      Wayne Barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      thank you Sir Martin.

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      Wayne Barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you for the visit, condominium.

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      Wayne Barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you very much, Lissette...or is it George? : )

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      Wayne Barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      thank you very much, Kari.

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      Lissette 3 years ago from Central Florida

      Lol... Funny.

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      Wayne Barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thanks for the visit Sha.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Very powerful, and sometimes so true. I think I can identify...

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      Nellieanna Hay 3 years ago from TEXAS

      I seem out-of-step with those who have commented, folks who seem to know you and of what you write better than I.

      Just from what I read, though, I just can't see much that is light or joyous in it, though it is quite effectively dark and a bit dreary. Oh, I see that there is music involved, for sure, but words like 'hate', 'Hell', 'doomed', 'broken' all seem to suggest more of a dirge than a melody. Perhaps it's just because I've been watching a segment of a series set in the Highlands of Scotland in a somber scene. Anyway, as always, you convey a mood and a man's sensitivity with great power, Wayne. It's awesome, and so I'll vote it.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 3 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Super poetry. Enjoyed a blusy kind of journey.

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      Wayne Barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      So many can, Deb. Thank you!

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      Wayne Barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Nellieanna, I love your honesty and your depth of perception. Regardless of how some might see it, I hide nothing here. Some things are best served raw!

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      Romeos Quill 3 years ago from Lincolnshire, England

      One of the greatest struggles of life is to go against the grain of an evil, earthly ' father '. Great poem Wayne.

      All the Best,

      R.Q.

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      Nellieanna Hay 3 years ago from TEXAS

      I'd have to agree, you've hidden nothing, no matter if raw! Your writing palette has much variety and depth; not too surprising, considering what an accomplished artist of life you are.

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      Wayne Barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you Rasma.

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      Wayne Barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Good to see you, Romeo,

      Appreciate the read!

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      Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

      Beautiful poetry Wayne I loved it and vote up for sure.

      Eddy.

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      Wayne Barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Hi, Eddy. Thank you for the compliment.

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