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Broken chords/Broken man

With a much diminished
Poisoned 5th
Of jealous whiskey
On blue lips
He breathed his last
Tritonic breath
His Master’s voice
The harbinger of death.

An idle deal of youth
At midnight made
The price of fame
An unmarked grave.
The Devil tuned
His first guitar
He gave his soul
To play 12 bars.

None knew from whence
His talent came
Until too late to purge
His dying shame
Allowed 3 full days
To suffer and die
Robert Johnson
Hitched his final ride…

Robert Johnson's studio portrait, circa 1935—o...

Robert Johnson’s studio portrait, circa 1935—one of only two verified known published photographs (Photo credit: Wikipedia)