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Nostalgic Blues

"Ask Me in December" A Babs Iverson Production/Challenge

By Lamar WigginsPublished 2 months ago Updated about a month ago 1 min read
Nostalgic Blues
Photo by Morgan Lane on Unsplash

🎼 Hot southern cornbread on a brisk, sunny day,

reminds me of the beauty of September.

Mama baked the best while listening to Como.

That, I choose to remember...

She’d sing and dance all by herself,

ever since pa left us that November.

But when we curiously asked her where he went, she said,

"Ask me in December."


December on my mind

December one more time

December got the blues

Decembers’ not for you.


She once said we can be anything we want

just be nice to all people.

The reverend repeated the same lesson

underneath the churches’ steeple.

One, good thing is for certain,

us siblings had a good ole time,

fishing down by Keith Jackson's Pond,

or stealing sips of mama's cold wine...

Every pair of ears in town knew

our dad was an ex-offender.

Like saving for a rainy day,

we all waited till December.

But the bastard… he never came back.


December on my mind

December one more time

December never came true

December got the blues…🎼

Image by Ray Shrewsberry on pixabay

Thank you for stopping by! 😍

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About the Creator

Lamar Wiggins

Creative writer in the Northeast US who loves the paranormal, mystery, true crime, horror, humor, fantasy and poetry. Take a chance, you'll be thoroughly entertained.

"Life is Love Experienced" -LW


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  • L.C. Schäfer23 days ago

    Excellent 👌 Wish I knew the melody so I could hum it!

  • C. Rommial Butlerabout a month ago

    Well-wrought! I feel like December--as winter encroaches--is an indwelling time, a time for quiet reflection, and though not everything we meet there in our memory is good, it makes us better to come to terms with it. You really hit me with that here. Also just excellent poetic form!

  • Anna about a month ago

    Congrats on the win!🥳

  • Dana Crandellabout a month ago

    Congatulatoins, Lamar!

  • Christy Munsonabout a month ago

    Loved the visuals this piece creates. Beautifully written!

  • As I read this I could imagine the scene and could feel the rhythm of your family. Excellent expressive work!!!

  • Novel Allen2 months ago

    Daddies so good, daddies so bad. Some both good and bad. Still, the fun was had and the cornbread ate, wine drunk and fishing. Nostalgia in December. Brings back memories.

  • Gosh this was so poignant. Loved your take on the challenge!

  • Shirley Belk2 months ago

    Lamar, this is one of my favorites from you. Your mom=amazing!!!

  • John Cox2 months ago

    This should be a Blues standard, Lamar! Absolutely wonderful! And, damn, your line 'hot southern cornbread on a brisk, sunny day,' made me hungry and the photo of the skillet cornbread made me salivate.

  • D.K. Shepard2 months ago

    What a great take on Babs’s challenge! This flowed so well and had that bluesy melancholy tone. Really excellent poem, Lamar!

  • Tiffany Gordon 2 months ago

    PHENOMENAL writing! Lovely work my friend!!!!

  • angela hepworth2 months ago

    So soulful and filled with nostalgia and heart!! Amazing contribution to the challenge.

  • Mark Gagnon2 months ago

    And that's what the blues is all about! Great one Lamar.

  • Babs Iverson2 months ago

    Magnificent and loving your Nostalgic Blues!!!💕❤️❤️

  • Hannah Moore2 months ago

    Dare I hope you actually have audio for this?

  • Lacy Loar-Gruenler2 months ago

    Lamar, you captured the poor family of the 50s South, with a mom doing her best for her boys, despite a rascally husband, perfectly.

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