James Brown Trilogy (Senryu Series)

by Samuel Black

            James Brown was no clown…
            Pound for pound he holds his own;
            Funk, Soul, R&B!


            Get on the good foot
            Cape, Maceo, Fred, hit me…
            He has a new bag!


            Stand up! Turn it loose…
            Living in America;
            "I am Back” he says!



Author’s Comments:  This is dedicated to the 
"Godfather of Soul” music lovers. 
James Brown is known as “The hardest working 
man in show business.”   He is still working 
hard after experiencing some difficulties 
in life.  However, he has recuperated, brushed 
off the dust from his clothing and has stated, 
“I’m back!” He is performing concerts across 
the world after his 72nd birthday, and he is still 
the “Godfather of Soul.” Rising to the top 
of his act, he is showing the world that 
he’s still Mr. Funk, R&B, split, twist, scream, 
cape flying, Fred hitting, the sliding 
on one leg singer-performer himself, 
“James the man Brown!” 

One should note that the senryu poem may be 
written in a variety of different styles.  
The senryu poem is a Japanese form addressing 
emotions, feelings or nature. The American form 
and styles may deviate from the strict traditional 
Japanese senryu forms. However, this senryu style is 
in the 5/7/5 syllable format with a total of 17 
syllables.  The form dates back to the 15th century.

James Brown Trilogy (Senryu Series) by Samuel Black

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