NaPoWriMo #1 Shuffle a Poem

We now interrupt your regularly scheduled Jazz and Poetry Blog for NaPoWriMo or National Poetry Writing Month. I’ll link you to the prompts so you can try them yourself. Somewhere in the mix I’ll get around to a Doo-Nanny decompression blog too, but until then…

Diamond Joe – Screaming Js
G.I. Jive – Johnny Mercer
Jump Jive ‘n’ Wail – Brian Setzer Orchestra
Moonglow – Willie Humphrey & Brian O’Connell
Bring it with You When You Come – Cannon’s Jug Stompers

For the love wary…

Pulling tight his purse strings
at the wailing of a heart,
Diamond Joe owned the prairie
hiring men lost and weary.

Cities grew across the land
Wiping out the cowboy song,
And lovesick ones on their knees
Uncle Sam then shipped o’r seas.

But G.I. jive is rough
without a heart to hold you,
No joyous jump jive ‘n’ wail
but a hard and lonesome trail.

So before you let her leave
Bandage up your broken love,
Bring it with you when you come
Let some moonglow heal your home.

Read the writing prompt at

(I can’t help but think this ends up making more sense if you know the lyrics to all the songs included.)

3 thoughts on “NaPoWriMo #1 Shuffle a Poem”

  1. This is neat.

    For the record, Diamond Joe is not a Screaminj’s original, but a cover of an old-time song that Krekel like to sing.

    Keep that poetry flowing!

  2. Thanks Ami! I didn’t necessarily post songwriters for the tunes, but the artists playing them as they came up on shuffle. I had fun looking up the different lyrics to Diamond Joe and found Bob Dylan’s were the key in helping to identify the character behind the name. I love the Screaming Js version and found it funny that it came up first to set the tone since I type so many poems at their shows.

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