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Return to the Juke Joint - A Sad Goodbye

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Return to the Juke Joint - A Sad Goodbye

It seems so long ago, a lifetime or more since I set foot in that place.
Almost as long since I last thought of it as well.
Although my memory was jogged recently with that article about pulling it down.
Was only a small piece tucked away in the mid
section of the newspaper. Been over a year I guess since they wrote it.
now I have to make that sad lonely trek out there this last time.
I promised 'junior' I would spread his ashes amongst the remains or as close as I can.
Junior of course wasn't his real name, was given to him by Jimmy the bartender.
Which was funny in itself as Jimmy was only a few years older.

Johnny Junior we called him or mostly just Junior.
I remember when he crashed through that door was all fresh faced and keen.
Just finished college if my memory serves me.
Well Johnny rushed up to the counter all grins from ear to ear.
Was a hot day if I recall, was about the start of summer as Junior grabbed himself a soda.
Can't remember the exact date 'cepting it was in '31.
Junior was a Notre Dame fan and we was talking about the recent loss of Knute Rockne.
Me and the boys had taken to him from the
start, his fresh faced smile, intelligence and he was respectful. 
Always with a thank you or a no sir.
He had himself one of them Architecture degrees from the State University.

Was the only one in our group that had been
to College. I recall many years later when he had himself a position with one of them big city firms.
He was made a partner and on the business card he sent each one of us that was still alive he had written 'Junior' right before partner.
I tell ya I got a chuckle out of that for some time, still got it
somewhere buried in a corner with all of my other dust covered memories.
Well sadly Junior passed last week, went to his memorial and his wake.
Not many there but I guess with the passing of time many have moved on as well.
none of the boys left now, only me.....last man standing.
Jimmy was the first, way back in '44 in some old French town.
We had ourselves a drink for him and then we drank to each and every one of us as we passed on through the years.
Now I fear I am alone.
Had my drink for Johnny and will start my journey tomorrow.
Have my Greyhound ticket and will take Johnny Home.
The Juke Joint held us together back then. We were young and full of life.
Well now all the boys are nearly back together and I feel 
I won’t be away too long either. Time to say goodbye to 'junior' and the Juke Joint


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  1. Date: 10/25/2013 9:04:00 AM

    Thom This is a fantastic write that takes the reader on a journey of this magical place that will always stay in your heart. the memories and friends will never leave you. Nice job The comment on my Couples Courtesy poem was hopeful that it does happen soon for everyone Hugs

    Simunsen Avatar Thomas Simunsen Date: 10/25/2013 9:40:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    thank you again Robin =) I am glad you like it.
  1. Date: 9/22/2013 9:31:00 PM

    Really enjoyed your story and memories of friends and the old hangout..and all being together again somewhere again....awesome...

    Simunsen Avatar Thomas Simunsen Date: 9/22/2013 10:02:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    thank you for stopping by, it is very much appreciated. =)
  1. Date: 9/18/2013 3:49:00 PM

    I really enjoyed reading both chapters of this story! It is what we would expect Al Capone or John Dillinger to write, had they still been alive...I love it when a poem can take us to another place and time that we were unable to experience ourselves...Wonderful work!

    Simunsen Avatar Thomas Simunsen Date: 9/18/2013 5:10:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I am glad I could take you away! =)
  1. Date: 9/18/2013 10:38:00 AM

    amazing amazing... goodbye's to a good joint... great story... Linda

    Simunsen Avatar Thomas Simunsen Date: 9/18/2013 11:03:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    thank you very much.
  1. Date: 9/17/2013 5:26:00 PM

    I was talking about your reply to my comment, btw

    Simunsen Avatar Thomas Simunsen Date: 9/17/2013 10:10:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    You are indeed a very talented and wonderful writer
  1. Date: 9/17/2013 5:25:00 PM

    good to know!!!!

    Simunsen Avatar Thomas Simunsen Date: 9/17/2013 10:09:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    lol =)
  1. Date: 9/16/2013 6:25:00 PM

    ok, I am looking again at your avatar and this CAN'T be a 90 year old guy writing this!! Unless you are using a younger picture. haha. Please let me know. If it's not autobiographical, you are a darn good writer!!!

    Simunsen Avatar Thomas Simunsen Date: 9/16/2013 8:03:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    hahahaha NO I am not 90! (around half that) and not autobiographical.....never been to the USA (yet). It was an idea I had and a challenge on the first piece I wrote. Originally the idea was for 6 parts but I decided to leave it at 2.
  1. Date: 9/16/2013 3:04:00 PM

    Oh. I see your comment at the bottom of this one only says the same as my comment on the last. Mate they're a nice read, more prosey than poetry, but I like their style. If nobody else minds (and I certainly don't) let them stay.

    Simunsen Avatar Thomas Simunsen Date: 9/16/2013 8:01:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    thank you mate. Glad you enjoyed them
  1. Date: 9/15/2013 1:02:00 PM

    Je bois a ta sante mons cher amie translation: I drink to your good health my dear friend, until you're still on this earth, keep sharing with us your soup friends, you are a delight to have around love and peace xxx

    Simunsen Avatar Thomas Simunsen Date: 9/15/2013 1:08:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Merci MR.
  1. Date: 9/14/2013 10:21:00 AM

    As with the first story I maybe pushing the boundary's of prose here. Some may think it's a short - short story. If you don't think it belongs please let me know and I'll remove it. Otherwise enjoy a trip back to the Juke Joint