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Saturday, January 23, 2010


gloomy sunday
singing the blues to keep
the blues at bay

Allusion fusion; I'll explain later.


Blogger Dianne said...

hummm, singing always keeps my blues at bay,

10:28 PM  
Blogger Magyar said...

Confront the gloom... with the Blues. "Magnetic." _m

7:54 AM  
Blogger Frank... said...

Nice haiku; good use of the word "blue".

8:24 AM  
Blogger Bill said...

Thanks, Dianne, Doug, and Frank.

"allusion fusion." The only thing original here is the juxtaposition. Line 1, as many of you will have recognized, is the title of a Billie Holiday classic. According to legend, her recording has been found on the turntable at many suicide scenes. Lines 2-3 are a rough paraphrase of Albert Murray * on what the blues are for. Thus, a fusion of two allusions.

*Author of "South to a Very Old Place," "The Omni-Americans," and "Stomping the Blues," etc.

11:11 AM  
Blogger John McDonald said...

evocative for me Bill well done

3:20 AM  
Blogger T said...


This haiku reminds me "Dock of the bay."

4:33 AM  
Blogger Bill said...

Thanks, John and TAKKE.

10:24 AM  
Blogger Gillena Cox said...

Ah; signing the blues...well done

much love

8:56 AM  
Blogger Tikkis said...

blue Sunday evening --
vinyl player still
rolling rolling rollin

12:38 AM  
Blogger Bill said...

Thanks for the visit, Gillena and tikkis.

7:00 PM  
Blogger Emma Dalloway said...

very cool

3:44 AM  

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