Shaking A Case of the Blues

Seeing human qualities slipping away, when the potential’s never been higher for our neighbors’ accomplishments. Hearing the most vapid and foulest words from under-twenties who should be past all that. They should be damned ashamed with how they present themselves! Remembering my under-twenty days and not being past being a fool, and not being damned ashamed, when maybe ten people knew how truly stupid I was.

Living a good life today and knowing how this was carefully set up for me. Failing at life at age twenty-eight and knowing how I set that up, too.

Believing the best is past, while understanding many prior generations thought the exact same thing. This insight, which is thankfully well-documented in one-hundred years of song, book and film, goes a long way to erase the sting of feeling bad for tomorrowers.

Shaking a case of the blues. Coming home from a supermarket in a rough side of town, saying hello to a smiling cashier and thanking the lady who showed me where I could find something I was looking for.

Shaking a case of the blues. Knowing how to navigate among people of differences, time after time and again. I know how to make that work. It came from preparation and ended in unity. Unity is the way for people to move forward. If you wish it, you can navigate well too. If you’re looking for a problem you’ll miss your chance to exceed your best memories.

Shaking a case of the blues, barely, gently. Cool it, let it be still, and share with your neighbors.

About Ara Hagopian's The LITERATE Show

For over thirty years, I have enjoyed drawing beautiful shapes and writing complementary stories. The imagery tends to focus on our place in the world—whomever or whatever we may be. I am influenced by Twentieth Century history—I read vintage magazines, books and letters. Inspiration comes from visualizing human achievement and personal interaction—derived from people, places and things which may be obscure, but never insignificant. My pen-and-ink THE MAGNIFICENT RECOVERY was selected by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston for their 2008 summer art auction.
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1 Response to Shaking A Case of the Blues

  1. Clive Donald Watts says:

    A very nice piece. I love the line “If you`re looking for a problem, you`ll miss your chance to exceed your best memories”.

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