Tuesday Poem

[go on sister sing your song]

go on sister sing your song
lady redbone señora rubia
took all day long
shampooing her nubia

she gets to the getting place
without or with him
must I holler when
you’re giving me rhythm

members don’t get weary
add some practice to your theory
she wants to know is it a men thing
or a him thing

wishing him luck
she gave him lemons to suck
told him please dear
improve your embouchure

by Harryette Mullen
from Recyclopedia
Graywolf Press, 2006