Ode to Sloopy (Draft 10)

Ode to Sloopy

Oh my neighborhood is blessed,
so sweet the streets, but yet
I mourn where you were,

where I saw you down the other road:
down and out town where I never
could seem to be for long
forlorn and never understanding
your faithful path; I watched

the caresses paved on
bumpy roads, your skips

on tangled streets, without
any proper signs but caution
and sorrow, and

I could have loved you
so easily if you were in
my class at school, and
my illegal notes would have said

I am not fulfilled with
just my toys. Joyce dear dream,
with the pony tail and smile,
could you play with silly me like
you’ve always loved me
on the streets of true love.

Sometimes I think
you’ve known me

But now that
I’ve grown
now that I moan

can I give you my map
to find me, though there’ve
been so many years?

There’s a song and I say Hello

Joyce babe, oh
you’ve known the song so
don’t fall off the mountain;
hang on to an edge,
hang on to a love to be
that should have been.

Oh baby I don’t know why
your Daddy put you down
and why you stayed with cockroaches
in your sorry part of town

Oh baby, can you cross the border,
and don’t be down,
’cause there’d be no disorder
if you’d wait for me on the corner,
only wait for me where
we would have loved the sky
on a street of love, and where
we could have walked forever, but
now I’ll call you a cab into heaven

’cause I know there’s a cliff
where everyone dis’s you

But baby don’t fall;
I’ve got the rockin’ gear
and the pinions of a mountain climb

I know you’re on a cliff, but
hang on

I will hoist you up to God, and
maybe He will share you with me

because I want to save you, and
my rescue ropes are of joy. We will

cross the border
and climb a better mountain
beyond outrageous stones
those devils throw

How can they know
your kind heart
if they’d be mocking birds.

Let me sing to you of
sweet rescue, because
don’t we both need to
climb to a heaven we need
so desperately

I think we are good
to hang on for love

because never would I
want you to be anywhere
but on my street if
you love me, or

even if you don’t.

— Douglas Gilbert

7 thoughts on “Ode to Sloopy (Draft 10)

    1. I think it’s finished too, it reads so nice and smoothly…looks great! I don’t know why I didn’t see it this morning. I was on the reader page but it still had my poem as being the last thing posted. Must be some glitch or something. We’re supposed to get a bunch of snow…I went to the store and got more finch food, can’t have my little birds going hungry. I also picked up a few things for us in case we get snowed in. I’ve got 15 bean soup cooking in the crock pot and I’m going to make some corn bread to go with iit…nice cold weather food for a lazy Sunday.

      1. Thanks. You sound so well prepared and warm. Everyone, finches and all are ready. Ah yes the 15 bean soup must be so much better than than the 14 bean one.

      2. Wow. I didn’t know about this major thing:

        black beans
        small red beans
        kidney beans
        white kidney beans
        navy beans
        great northern beans
        Large and Baby lima beans
        pinto beans
        Green and Yellow split peas
        black-eyed peas
        Various forms of lentil
        Red Chief
        Cranberry beans (shell beans)
        chick peas (garbanzo beans)
        Small white bean
        Pink Bean

        Sounds really good.

  1. The soup was really good! It’s a dry bean mix that you have to soak overnight before you cook. All the different kinds of beans make a pretty mixture, although the smaller varieties of beans cooked a lot quicker than the bigger ones and kind of fell apart but it was ok, I liked that it made the soupy part a thicker consistency. I did end up adding onion, celery, carrots, a couple extra cans of beans and I used chicken broth and spices instead of the seasoning ham flavor packet that came in the package. I think my cornbread was too crumbly though, maybe I should have added more milk or another egg. My Dad makes the best cornbread, he uses a cast iron skillet. But anyway, we will be here, eating soup, feeding birds ad watching the snow. My work already told me I didn’t have to come in and I’m glad because I really don’t like driving in the snow…

    1. sounds like super soup. It’s good that you know how to adjust a recipe and add your own flourish. We have a little snow. I don’t think I’m going out. There’s enough food in the house, but I think I have to forgo any bread for my diet — too many calories. I guess I have to be more careful — I only lost 1 pound. So in 3 months I lost 6 pounds. This is not working and the summer is almost here. We rarely had beans when I was growing up except plain pinto beans from a can with hot dogs and sauerkraut. Maybe I should try it. I think they say that it digests very slowly so that I might not be hungry all day and not want to cheat so much.

      1. It was super soup! I think I’m going to just freeze the rest of it because there’s so much left, if you were closer I’d share it with you! Beans are good for you, very filling! Yeah, I just thought the ‘imitation ham flavoring’ didn’t do the delicious looking bean mixture justice. 6 pounds in 3 months is pretty good, that’s about two pounds a month. They say if you lose weight too fast you’re more likely to put it back on. I’ve been dieting too, trying to lose the extra pounds I put on the last year since I pulled that back muscle and I just recently fit back into my old jeans (which I was stoked about!). The hardest part of my diet is: no bedtime snacks! haha! I want to sit down and snack on stuff when I watch tv at night and then I go to sleep and don’t burn off the calories. I let myself have a small dessert as long as it’s right after dinner but no more food for the rest of the night after that. That’s my main rule, although I do try to avoid greasy foods and with bread I just watch how much I eat and try to cut back.

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