“BEE BOP” by Bill Duke

Bill Duke

Bill Duke

Outsides fine
And I guess that’s the way it’s supposed to be
Outsides fine
But that’s got nothin’ to do with me
Outside things are goin’ swell
But I’m at the bottom of a wishin’ well
Cold as hell
Inside

Outside thing’s are goin’ fine:

Smellin’ flowers
Drinkin’ wine
Lovin’ people
Bein’ kind
Refined

But inside things are ready to bust
Mistrust is turnin’ my love to lust
Confusion’s makin’ fun of hate
All my earlies come too late
Identity treats me like a dog
And all of it’s driftin’ through a fog
Inside

Outside goin’ around givin’ advice
Tellin’ folks that bad is nice
And how great things must have been for Christ
Because he was willin’ to pay the price

But inside
The price has never been paid
And all except delusions fade

Like limping shadows across a shade
Of all my broken promises made
Afraid

Outsides fine
And I guess that’s the way it’s supposed to be
Outsides fine
But that’s got nothin’ to do with me

Outside things are goin’ swell
But I’m at the bottom of a wishin’ well
Cold as hell
Inside

Bill Duke

All Rights Reserved

© 2009

2 comments

  1. lkthayer · November 8, 2009

    Thank you Bill…am CRAZY for this poem, I triple love it!!! –LK 🙂

  2. joyce renee lewis · November 28, 2009

    a courageous piece of truth-telling and shaming the devil (my mother’s quote), bill. i’m so glad you wrote it!!! blessings. . .

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