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15 April, 2016: White Boy Blues


by Steven B. Smith


Pain from one end to the other
Plagued by a black cloud of druther
It’s the “I Ain’t Got No White Boy Blues”

Though I got no honey for spreading
And there ain’t no money attending
Yet I ain’t got no White Boy Blues

For I’ve roof over rising
A warm bed abiding
Friends fond and affirming
And a past that’s worth hiding
So I can’t get no White Boy Blues

Possessions don’t taunt me
Though lessons they’ve taught me
Like inner, not outer be
And better to let be
The quicker to be free
The taught me do teach me
I ain’t got no White Boy Blues

Yes, it’s a sadness I’m lacking
Or, life’s licking I’m liking
But that’s why I got those
“I Ain’t Got No White Boy Blues”

“White Boy Blues” by Steven B. Smith from Cleveland Poetry Scenes. Bottom Dog Press, 2008. Used by permission of the author.

Smith's publications include Zen Over Zero – Selected Poems 1964 – 2008 (City Poetry Press, 2008); Unruly (Crisis Chronicles Press, 2011); Hip Cat Femur Whack Give a Doc a Bone (NightBallet Press, 2013); and written with his wife Lady, his memoir, Stations of the Lost & Found, a True Tale of Armed Robbery, Stolen Cars, Outsider Art, Mutant Poetry, Underground Publishing, Robbing the Cradle, and Leaving the Country (City Poetry Press, 2012). His greatest achievement is marrying Lady ten years ago and their traveling for 31 months in ten countries on three continents. His poetry and art appear on, his blog on, his songs on reverbnation.


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