Three Chord, Twelve-Bar Blues

You loved me Joe
only to go.

I’m singin’ these blues,
you still my muse.
But I remember  long ago
I pleaded, don’t go.

But you left me alone
strummin’ the twelve-bar blues.
My spirit so damn low,
heart’s dyin’  like indigo.

I had fun with this one…..tried to write a poem as a 12-bar blues composition.
The chord progress of a 12-bar blues is I – I – I – I – IV – IV – I – I – V – IV – I – I
Translated to a rhyme scheme, I used AAAA-BBAA-CBAA.

The video is a short description of how to create and play the 12-bar blues chord progression. Fun to listen to.

Written for Quadrille Monday at dVerse, the virtual pub for poets. Kim hosts and asks us to include the word BLUE or a form of the word in our poem of exactly 44 words, sans title.

23 thoughts on “Three Chord, Twelve-Bar Blues

  1. kim881 July 13, 2020 / 3:45 pm

    I read your poem and watched the video and wished I had my keyboard to hand, Lill – my husband banished it to the back of the shed some years ago as he was fed up with listening to me practising! I tried singing your quadrille to the twelve-bar blues – the rhythm fits, I love the words ‘braggadocio’ and ‘impresario’, and the pun in the final line!

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    • lillian July 13, 2020 / 3:49 pm

      You made me smile, Kim. Never did I imagine someone trying to sing it to the actual 12-bar blues! Fun fun fun… was like putting a puzzle together to get only 44 words and to get the right rhyming scheme as if they were the chords! But it was quite fun to do! 🙂 Thanks for the challenge 😉

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  2. Glenn A. Buttkus July 13, 2020 / 4:14 pm

    Miss Lillian, hey, you and I were on the same wave length. both lovers of the blues. Reading your poem I could hear those 12-string slides.


  3. sanaarizvi July 13, 2020 / 4:21 pm

    Fantastic! I love the easy rhythm and the image “strummin’ the twelve-bar blues.” Beautiful, beautiful work done! 💝 Happy eighth dVerse anniversary 😀


  4. Grace July 13, 2020 / 4:24 pm

    Love this blue themed music Lillian. This line sings the blues:

    heart’s dyin’ like indigo.


  5. Frank J. Tassone July 13, 2020 / 4:39 pm

    I’m ready to unretire my ESP and strum those 12-bar blues to your soulful lines! A brilliant witness to the Blues!


  6. Linda Kruschke July 13, 2020 / 5:19 pm

    Lovely! The computer I’m on has no speakers so I had to come visit on my phone to listen to the piano lesson. Made me a little sad that I never learned to play the piano.


  7. Victoria Stuart July 13, 2020 / 5:58 pm

    I love this! One of my favorite songs to play as a teenager was a 12-bar-blues tune, and this little video took me right back to those days.

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  8. calmkate July 13, 2020 / 6:36 pm

    a bit of wistful fun, you snuck a few ‘blues’ into this one!


  9. msjadeli July 13, 2020 / 6:57 pm

    This is very interesting and creative, Lill. I sang along with the part where he gave the demo on the video.


  10. Beverly Crawford July 13, 2020 / 7:54 pm

    Ah, the lullaby of love lost! This had a nice rhythm to it, despite it all.


  11. rothpoetry July 13, 2020 / 8:34 pm

    I love it! it would work on the guitar as well Very creative Lillian!


  12. Ron. Lavalette July 13, 2020 / 11:02 pm

    I ALWAYS loves me summa dem Blues, I do.

    Cool write.


  13. gillena cox July 14, 2020 / 1:33 am

    Nice poem. Thanks for the video too



  14. Mary (tqhousecat) July 14, 2020 / 7:16 am

    Oh this is fun, and the music is uplifting, so the words don’t destroy you and drag you down so damn low!


  15. Xan July 14, 2020 / 7:58 am

    Very clever. I thought about doing something about the blues (ended up not), but it never occurred to me to actually base the form on, well, the form!


  16. rivrvlogr July 14, 2020 / 10:18 am

    This was a creative exercise, converting the 12-bar to a rhyme scheme. Well done.


  17. katiemiafrederick July 14, 2020 / 3:15 pm

    Love Hate
    Muse Colors
    Above Coloring
    Below All Around
    To See
    Sky Colors
    Deeper Horizons
    Blue Nights Shine
    Art Dreams Breathe
    Now Love Hate Muse
    Flickers Blue Flame Sees..:)


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