Biographical Poetry posted February 25, 2020

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A Concert to Remember

by Y. M. Roger

‘Twas three and thirty
years ago,
That big River Boat
was rockin’ –
And Stevie Ray was
there on stage:
We stood mesmerized,
just watchin’…
When the lights went down,
silence reigned,
‘Til his guitar moaned
through the dark –
Out came the Zippos
and the Bics,
As his whiskey voice
brushed our hearts…
In case you’ve never
found yourself
Enraptured by fine
blues guitar –
Let me assure you
here and now:
There was but one Vaughan
shooting star…
Stevie Ray left us
in nine-oh,
Helicopter fate
stole his light –
But the Mississippi’s
own President
Brought us the blues from
heav’n that night…

Memories writing prompt entry
Writing Prompt
Look at some old photographs and write about a memory or a thought that they give you. If possible (not required) include the image in your poem.


Nobody can make that guitar sing like Stevie could. Nobody.

I had the distinct honor and pleasure to see Stevie Ray Vaughn as he and his band Double Trouble headlined for The Fabulous Thunderbirds in 1987 on the Riverboat 'The President' in New Orleans. It is a concert I will never forget...

At his final gig (East Troy, WI, 1990), fans were treated to an encore jam including Jimmie Vaughan (Stevie's brother), Eric Clapton, Robert Cray, Buddy Guy and Stevie Ray. Shortly after, he boarded a helicopter which crashed just minutes after take-off, killing everyone on board. Stevie Ray was 35 years old. And THE SKY IS still CRYING...

'The Sky Is Crying' is the fifth and final studio album of Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble released fourteen months after his death (November 5, 1991).

Image of 'Stevie Ray Vaughan, 1987' by Patrick Harbron (copyright 1987) from Morrison Hotel Gallery []
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