Pocket Change For A Picture Show

A great Houston poet loves singing the blues

remembers playing in Texas mud

without any shoes

getting that grit up between his toes

& paying merely pocket change for a picture show

He says “Man oh, Man, that was so

many, many years ago”

& his face lights up in the brightest glow

By: J.N.R Dutton

Straighten Up & Fly Right

“What’d you do this time?”

Joey’s wife asked as she cried

When she found he was doing time in jail one night

He says:

“Baby, I can’t lie, but I’d rather not specify,

I’ve put you through enough already,

and it’s eating at my heart & mind”

He further says,

“Baby, please don’t cry, I did the crime, I’ll do my time,

but I’ve learned my lesson, once I’m out again,

you’ll see a brand new man

you can count on this promise

I give you my word tonight,

I will straighten up and fly right

By: J.N.R Dutton

No Time For That

Lainey is a lady from Ferriday, Louisiana

Loves her best friend Jamie and her mama too

her daddy left when she was two

still though she managed to make do

despite all that she’s been through

she pushes on, she don’t play victim,

won’t let anything hold her back

says “life’s too short for pity parties”

she’s got no time for that

By: J.N.R Dutton

Infinite Complexity

One thing I know, one thing I see

Is people have infinite complexity

We’re not all one thing, or all another

but a mixture

A mixture of our Love, and hope

Our joy & sorrow,

we’re shaped by our yesterdays & tomorrows

A mixture of pleasure & pain, a mixture of caution

& wanting to spread our wings

A mixture of a million and one+ other things

By:J.N.R Dutton