Roadie Poet: Important Announcement


Usually, when I write Roadie Poet, I try to keep his adventures as true-to-life as possible, given my experiences (or that of my sources). But every now and then, an idea like this one strikes and you’ve got to run with it.

This was written for this week’s Sunday Scribblings prompt, Listen up because this is important!

They needed someone to do it.
Four cars in the parking lot.
Eight headlights.
Breaking up the dark.

Make an announcement, they said.
Make people listen up.
It’s important.

Not to a guy who got here on a bus.
A bus he didn’t drive.
A bus he don’t care about.

Hambone volunteered me.
So did More.
Four sound guys.
The entire pyro team.

Lucky me.

They handed me the mic.
Let me stand off stage
In the shadows.
Gave me the sign.

And my throat



  1. floreta

    March 7, 2009 11:59 am

    i like have you’ve used listen up because this is important in your poem. i would freeze up too if someone gave me a mic. no pressure.

    floreta’s last blog post..Listen Up!

  2. Cascia @ Healthy Moms

    March 7, 2009 2:08 pm

    Thank you for stopping by Healthy Moms and for leaving a comment! You have a very nice blog here.

  3. bunnygirl

    March 7, 2009 3:49 pm

    Great use of the prompt/theme, and I loved the end! Not what I was expecting, and with me, that’s a good thing.

    bunnygirl’s last blog post..Maelstrom Extra: Damage Control

  4. Fledgling Poet

    March 7, 2009 10:30 pm

    The ending definitely took me by surprise…I have the exact same response when I have to speak in public.

    Fledgling Poet’s last blog post..Listen Up Because This is Important!

  5. Thomma Lyn

    March 8, 2009 3:21 am

    What a great take on the prompt! And I love Roadie Poet. I so related to the ending. I’m shy as the dickens in public, especially in front of a crowd.

  6. Bob-kat

    March 8, 2009 1:37 pm

    I just love Roadie Poet )

    Same thing happened to me once – he’s backstage for a reason! 🙂

  7. Alice Audrey

    March 8, 2009 5:32 pm

    Awwwww, poor Roadie. Hope he got unstuck before the batteries went dead. 🙂 Not that he would care.

    Alice Audrey’s last blog post..Cinnamon Twirly Gigs

  8. Nick | Mom Most Traveled

    March 8, 2009 7:38 pm

    Nice, I also like how it ends. The words worked well with their arrangement.

    Nick | Mom Most Traveled’s last blog post..You Can Make This (and this, too)!

  9. AdellBeek

    March 8, 2009 9:20 pm

    I liked the poem, and I wonder how many people go through the same experience?

    AdellBeek’s last blog post..Reflections on Family

  10. missalister

    March 9, 2009 2:29 am

    Closed up. Don’t you know it did! I enjoyed that surprise. Hot idea strike successful : )

    missalister’s last blog post..When I hear that whistle blowin’

  11. zorlone

    March 10, 2009 2:21 am

    he he he! this is a good one! i like the ending…

    zorlone’s last blog post..Summer

  12. Serena (Savvy Verse & Wit)

    March 10, 2009 10:41 am

    Great poem. I like it!

    Serena (Savvy Verse & Wit)’s last blog post..Interview with Poet Barbara Orton

  13. julia

    March 10, 2009 11:49 am

    Roadie Poet!! No wonder I love this character so much – I would react in the exact same way.

    julia’s last blog post..Through the Opera Glasses – 7 – Five No-Fail Inspirations When I Write

  14. Bluebethley

    March 10, 2009 4:11 pm

    Succinctly put . . . and perfectly captures that shy guy in the shadows!

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