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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Religion and Spirituality  |  House: Booksie Classic

Robert Johnson wrote the song "Crossroads" during his short life. Eric Clapton and Cream brought it to a larger audience in the sixties. The movie "Crossroads" with Ralph Maccio (Karati Kid meets the blues) is based on this song. This poem is a play on the theme of that song.

Seems I'm always at the crossroads
but the devil won't meet me there.
He must figure he's already got my soul,
I ain't his cross to bear.
It’s not that I want to rule the world.
have power, wealth or fame,
I only came to claim what’s mine,
redemption from the game.
Having traveled left and traveled right,
the road is not plain to see.
The straight and narrow for some is easy,
just not so easy for me.
Someday I may catch the devil
and get him by the tail.
No bargains made, or debts be paid,
on the other side of the veil.

Submitted: July 26, 2009

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one word.... amazing..... sj

Wed, July 29th, 2009 11:42pm


Thank you Simon. This one started out as bad lyrics that I had abandoned, then found itself when I came back to it as poetry.

Wed, July 29th, 2009 8:33pm


I have lyrics myself that I took off because I didn't feel comfortable with it as it was. (It wasn't about this topic) You've given me the idea to try again as a poem. Thanks and good job. I'll be back for more.

Wed, August 26th, 2009 8:36pm


I have quite a few like that. Thanks.

Wed, August 26th, 2009 10:36pm

Mistress of Word Play

Loved this one. If you catch him thrash him soundly and stick him with his pitchfork a few times. Great job on this write. Had me smiling. Susan :)

Tue, January 5th, 2010 5:53am


Cool. I always liked those "beat the devil" stories. One of my favorites was written by Rod Serling, if I am not mistaken.
It was about a man that the devil had given a stopwatch that he could use to stop time when he was at his most happiest. As it turned out, he never used it until he was dead and riding on a train bound for hell surrounded by drinkers and gamblers.

Tue, January 5th, 2010 10:37pm

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