Sunday, March 19, 2017

Wanda Morrow Clevenger writes

girl meets boy meets girl

the networks are lousy
with them
the scam of all sham
the superfluous techno
matchmaking godfathers
the long-form questionnaires
the virtual flirting
and virtual flowers, cheaper
than a dozen red,
and photoshopped pick-me
pick-me nothing left to the
imagination self-indulged
and fudging and
flat out forgery
are greatly touted
the avant-garde of
girl meets boy meets girl

I come from old-school
skeptical, yes, but
just ask any woman
who met her man
in a downtown dive bar
a biker bar
a nudie bar
whooping it up
three sheets to the wind
and she will tell you
that’s how you get
to know the real person
from the white-lie

regardless the how when
where there’s always going
to be some hidden chaos
but if you hit the jackpot
sometimes later there’s
real flowers

Texas Honky Tonk Nights -- Bob Petley


1 comment:

  1. A honky-tonk is a rowdy working-class bar that provides live music, especially in the South and Southwest United States. The term originally referred to bawdy variety shows in Oklahoma and Texas and to the theaters that showed them, which often had an attached gambling house and always a bar and frequently provided prostitution. Since they mostly stretched along a corridor that roughly coincided with cattle drive trails, the term may have been a localism spread by cowboys driving cattle to market as an onomatopoeic reference to the loud, boisterous music and noise heard at the honky-tonk establishments. Indeed, the "tonk" may have come from the upright pianos made by William Tonk & Bros. that prominently featured an "Ernest A. Tonk" decal. The first "honky tonk music" was a style of piano playing related to ragtime but emphasizing rhythm more than melody or harmony, which evolved into the boogie-woogie piano style; it developed in response to pianos that were poorly cared for, tending to be out of tune and having some nonfunctioning keys. Before World War II, the music industry began to refer to the hillbilly music being played in Teexas and the Southwest as "honky-tonk" music.


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