Jook Joint Saturday Night

By J. Patrick Lewis b. 1942
Jook joint's about to come alive!
It's like a bee outside a hive;
And when the hive begins to hum,
It's like a dim and distant drum;
And when the drum begins to beat,
It's like a circus down the street;
And when the street begins to fill,
It's like a sudden summer chill;
And just as summer simmers down,
It's like the fireworks over town.
Don't matter what the preachers say
This congregation's here to stay
'Cause when the jook joint comes alive
Is when the Delta blues arrive!

J. Patrick Lewis, "Jook Joint Saturday Night" from Black Cat Bone, published by Creative Editions. Copyright © 2006 by J. Patrick Lewis.  Reprinted by permission of J. Patrick Lewis.

Source: Black Cat Bone (Creative Editions, 2006)

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Poet J. Patrick Lewis b. 1942

POET’S REGION U.S., Midwestern

Subjects Arts & Sciences, Music, Social Commentaries, Race & Ethnicity, Town & Country Life

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 J. Patrick Lewis


Former Children's Poet Laureate J. Patrick Lewis grew up in Gary, Indiana and earned a BA at Saint Joseph’s College, an MA at Indiana University, and a PhD in economics at the Ohio State University. Lewis taught in the department of Business, Accounting and Economics at Otterbein College in Westerville, Ohio, until 1998 when he became a full-time writer.

Lewis is the author of more than fifty books of poetry for children, which . . .

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SUBJECT Arts & Sciences, Music, Social Commentaries, Race & Ethnicity, Town & Country Life

POET’S REGION U.S., Midwestern

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