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The Big Easy

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The Big Easy

The Big Easy

Brash lady of the south, home of jazz and blues,
party town USA, brawling port of the nation, 
melting pot of cultures, the city of Hope,
and Queen of the Nile of the Americas....

.....She's the Big Easy..

Yes, I know there is Bourbon Street where you rub shoulders with pimps,
prostitutes, drunks and movie queens,
And, you stand shoulder to shoulder and jostled and fight for the cheap beads 
thrown from a Mardi Gras float,
Walk the narrow, crowded streets and listen to the mournful moan of the blues, and 
the rhythm of jazz being discovered as it drifts through the narrow alley ways,
Feel the sweat and the clamor of the docks, with the exports
of the nation being loaded on the mammoth
ships for all the world.
Sip the strong coffee and wash down the beignets, savor the dripping poboys and 
famous oysters Rockefeller, and smell the aromas of the seafood preparer of the 
nation.

She is the queen city of the Nile of the Americas - the
mighty Missisip'

- don't apologize for her being
a lady of the streets,
the birth place of jazz
the queen city of the mighty river of the nation
good food,
fun time
fast people....

She's the city that never sleeps,
The play town and work place of the nation,
....A lady like no other lady.....

.....She's the Big Easy.

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  1. Date: 7/4/2011 11:29:00 AM
    A fantastic write on the squalid power of New Orleans. I've never been but can taste the excitement in what you have written.

  1. Date: 6/30/2011 4:12:00 PM
    Love your use of discription used here and other poems you've shared, these are the kind of poems i love to read! ~Randa

  1. Date: 6/21/2011 11:04:00 AM
    Thanks Richard. Wasn't trying to be rude. I asked because there was a chance this poem was a re-post. Sometimes people re-post older poems. I would have placed this somewhere in the top 3 out of 10 spots. Really enjoy the premise and vivid details here. Superb poem.

  1. Date: 6/19/2011 11:40:00 AM
    Your such a talented poet(:

    Moriarty Avatar Richard Moriarty
    Date: 6/19/2011 11:53:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    You're most kind, but I really feel as though I have a ways to go....but, I keep trying...Rich
  1. Date: 6/18/2011 12:12:00 PM
    What a fantastic character sketch penned so well with nice images, Richard

    Moriarty Avatar Richard Moriarty
    Date: 6/18/2011 2:35:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Dr Ram, coming from you, I can't think of a compliment that meant more, I'm glad you enjoyed it. Rich
  1. Date: 6/17/2011 6:55:00 PM
    A great write..ive always wanted to go there and see this "lady" like no other...BG

  1. Date: 6/17/2011 5:53:00 PM
    Creative and very deeply meaningful write, Richard

  1. Date: 6/17/2011 5:12:00 PM
    And she is the city of hope as the people waited and prayed for 40 years for the New Orleans Saints to win the super bowl. Finally hell froze over and the Saints won. Thank you for your poetry.......

    Moriarty Avatar Richard Moriarty
    Date: 6/17/2011 7:05:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Who Dat! How could I have forgotten my poor Saints, thank you Judy for reminding me