Aunt Pearl

For Kim’s Quadrille prompt over at dVerse. The prompted word is “earth”. The song was one of my Aunt Pearl’s favorites and she taught me how to sing and play it on the guitar when I was 11.  Two versions:  Aunt Pearl’s favorite by Mr. Hopkins and my favorite by Fats Domino

Aunt Pearl
My Great-Aunt Pearl was an earthy woman.
Lush, sensual, nurturing.
She used to play blues on the guitar and sing,
her voice roughened from cigarettes
And scotch.
She taught me to play the guitar.
Black curly hair and sapphire eyes.
A truly beautiful soul.


45 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)
    Aug 27, 2018 @ 16:14:51

    Love the memory of a song and an wonderful lady… I can see how you were taught the song.


  2. Maggie C
    Aug 27, 2018 @ 16:19:09

    How wonderful to have a great-aunt who could teach you the blues. Your description brings her to life!


  3. whippetwisdom
    Aug 27, 2018 @ 16:21:25

    Your aunt Pearl sounds like a wonderful lady and a beautiful soul – thank you for sharing the memories :o)


  4. Glenn Buttkus
    Aug 27, 2018 @ 16:23:27

    I might of known you’d be a blues lover; I adore the blues–and your aunt Pearl would have been right at home with the gang I ran with in the 60’s.


    • kanzensakura
      Aug 28, 2018 @ 15:55:59

      Blues has always been a part of my life. When I worked in New Orleans, Blues was always playing somewhere. You’d think it would be Dixieland jazz but nope, it was blues. My family members and their friends would often sit on the front porch at night and sing and play music. The window was left often so the piano would waft its way out.


  5. kim881
    Aug 27, 2018 @ 16:30:16

    I love your approach to the prompt, with your earthy aunt, Toni. She sounds wonderful. I also enjoyed both versions of the song.


  6. Pat: willow88switches
    Aug 27, 2018 @ 17:05:34

    lovely memory to hold and share ~


  7. anmol(alias HA)
    Aug 27, 2018 @ 17:07:42

    Ah, the personal always makes it more vivid and sweet. I also liked your approach and it’s a memory beautifully cherished in your words.


  8. Frank Hubeny
    Aug 27, 2018 @ 17:07:46

    Receiving those guitar lessons is a gift worth remembering.


  9. Victoria Stuart
    Aug 27, 2018 @ 17:24:42

    I am in love with your great-aunt Pearl, “an earthy woman.
    Lush, sensual, nurturing.” Every child needs her. And to sing you the blues and teach you guitar, still guiding your fingers after all these years. I always have trouble in mind. Love these two versions, thanks for adding a great soundtrack!


  10. whimsygizmo
    Aug 27, 2018 @ 18:51:49

    I can picture her, Tony. And I want to sing along.


  11. sanaarizvi
    Aug 27, 2018 @ 18:57:51

    Such a lovely tribute to your great-aunt, Toni ❤


  12. marialberg
    Aug 27, 2018 @ 20:29:21

    I like your use of “earthy woman” followed by your definition. It gives the poem a nice format.


  13. Grace
    Aug 27, 2018 @ 20:53:44

    Love the tribute to the earth woman, your great aunt Pearl.


  14. V.J. Knutson
    Aug 27, 2018 @ 21:44:14

    Lovely take on this prompt.


  15. Dorianna
    Aug 28, 2018 @ 00:19:55

    love the reference to earthy woman…blues and music, nice comparison…indeed the earth is ripe in music and sensuality…sounds like a wonderful aunt and giving you music..beautiful


  16. lillian
    Aug 28, 2018 @ 07:51:35

    Wonderful portrait quadrille! I’d been wondering when someone would use the word as an adjective – earthy. Love this, Toni!


  17. Mary (tqhousecat)
    Aug 28, 2018 @ 08:34:38

    What a great poem, a pearl for Pearl!


  18. Singledust
    Aug 28, 2018 @ 10:31:43

    she sounds like a lot of fun, your Aunt Pearl


  19. merrildsmith
    Aug 28, 2018 @ 11:22:40

    A wonderful memory. Thank you for sharing. You aunt must have been striking with her black curls, sapphire eyes, and bluesy voice.


    • kanzensakura
      Aug 28, 2018 @ 11:32:58

      She was a beauty. The black hair and piercing blue eyes run on my family…black Irish. Alas, I did not inherit them. Brown and brown. But now my hair is all white so there is that. ??

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  20. annell4
    Aug 28, 2018 @ 11:33:01

    I love the description of your Aunt Pearl, Aunts can be so important to a young girl growing up.


  21. Charmed Chaos
    Aug 28, 2018 @ 12:17:26

    What a wonderful tribute Toni! And I love the music…


  22. Vivian Zems
    Aug 28, 2018 @ 14:37:32

    Bless Aunt Pearl for her many rich qualities.


  23. purplepeninportland
    Aug 28, 2018 @ 20:42:43

    Earthy women are the best kind. Love your music picks!


  24. maria
    Aug 29, 2018 @ 05:36:13

    Curious! your Aunt Pearl sounds a lot fun 🙂


  25. coalblack
    Aug 29, 2018 @ 07:46:18

    Everyone should have a favorite aunt.


  26. Linda Kruschke
    Aug 30, 2018 @ 15:52:51

    Aunt Pearl sounds like a wonderful woman. Anyone who plays the blues is okay in my book. 🙂


  27. Frank J. Tassone
    Sep 01, 2018 @ 11:34:42

    A beautifully imagistic ode, Toni! Wonderful!


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