“Sock Hop Bop Flop”

Friday Night, JMN, photo.

Friday Night, JMN, photo.

Sock Hop Bop Flop
An Admonitory Fable for Tragedies Averted
(To all my students who made it through graduation)

A lockdown jam,
A lockjawed ham,
Good golly, Miss Molly,
Lookin’ hot damn!

A hounddog dude,
Blue suede shoe’d,
Sideburnt sugardaddy
Bawlin’ The Jude.

A half-baked bean,
A boppin’ teen,
Cotton-eyed Joe
For a bullshit queen.*

Haulin’ some ass,
Takin’ no sass,
Ten foot tall
And tokin’ the grass.

A bang and a boom,
A six-foot room,
Cool as a tomb.

*Note: A feature of the Cotton-eyed Joe dance step in Texas is a sort of conga line of men and women rhythmically shouting “Bullshit!”

[Copyright (c) 2018 James Mansfield Nichols. All rights reserved.]

About JMN

I live in Texas and devote much of my time to easel painting on an amateur basis. I stream a lot of music, mostly jazz, throughout the day. I like to read and memorize poetry.
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