Saturday, February 13, 2010

'Lyrics' Poem

So, Flash, my sister-in-law, set me a challenge - to make a poem from lyrics of different songs. It sounded pretty fun, until I started thinking about all the different songs, and wondering how to narrow down the choices to a managable number. I hemmed and hawed and agonized over it long enough, that she decided to give me a helping hand. About a week ago we met for dinner, where she produced a large envelope with the words 'Mission Impossible' scrawled across it. Even though she warned me that the contents would self destruct upon opening, I looked inside. There I found a CD and printed lyrics of 18 songs she had chosen for me. So, with that in mind I went home, listened and read and pondered. Then I chose a bunch of other songs and wrote the poem that follows.

(Note to Flash: I am currently working on a poem based on your songs, and will post that soon :o) I can't do things the normal way, after all!)

Clarification: I used lyrics verbatim, with the exception of anything in parenthesis. Usually these are pronouns or articles that I have changed for agreement, etc.

Lyrics Poem #1

Shoeless I go through life
Spinning in (my) emptiness
(But) I don't regret a thing

I've been living in a sea of anarchy
Beneath the pale moonlight
And there's such a lot of world to see

On shooting stars
(I) sailed (a)cross the wilderness,
Touching things that say do not touch

The tolling of the iron bell
Calls the faithful to their knees
With dark foregodings

Tell me when will I learn to resist
Wanting things
When the stars are bright

Somehow it seems colder now-
I spoke too soon
And how much did it cost?

I want to go back to
Believeing in everything
And knowing nothing at all

Men are a mystery
Even to themselves
But in my life, I love you more...

(Mixed up lyrics from Floyd, Beetles, Cheryl Crow, Maroon 5, Incubus and The Olympics, Evanescence, Jethro Tull)

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