MUSIC SERIES – Stamps

This poem was inspired by Postcards from Far Away by Coldplay! Have a song you think I should listen to? Let me know in the comments!

 

Stamps

 

The soldier stands in the corner

careful to secure his fifty cent mark

behind the lines of somber words

with his back to a capital monument.

 

Far away, he finds himself again

in a field full of blissful smiles

where rain only falls on his letters

and blotch the standard-issue black ink.

——

 

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LOVE POEM #109 – Guitar

Guitar

 

Like the gentle weeping of strings

on a slender wooden guitar,

her sobs carry through the thick walls

as though she picked at her own heart.

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MUSIC SERIES – The Miner

This poem was inspired by Heart of Gold by Neil Young! Have a song you think I should write about? Let me know in the comments!

 

The Miner

 

You will find me here in the darkness

with a dirt-stained shirt and dust-filled lungs

hacking away at an endless wall

like the dreamer lost in his black sea.

 

Suddenly, our earthen ocean shakes;

the waves of clay wrack with a madness

and we drowned in its torrents of dredge

with hearts ever set on the sunshine.

——

 

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MUSIC SERIES – Ripples

This poem was inspired by Electric Counterpoint 1 – Fast (Steve Reich) by Joergen Brilling. It’s a pretty minimalist song, but I highly encourage you check it out.

 

Ripples

 

They always rush from place to place,

running through the proverbial current.

Every steps is a drop in the water;

a thunderstorm raining down on their lives.

 

They flood the streets; drown the plazas

until the pittering of feet on concrete

is indistinguishable from the pattering

of sleet against the windowpanes.

——

 

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MUSIC SERIES – The Fancy Dancers

This poem was inspired by the song Hard Headed Woman by Cat Stevens, which was requested by one of my family members! Have a song you think I should pull a poem from? Let me know in the comments!

 

The Fancy Dancers

 

Dressed in sparkling reds and greens,

the fancy dancers preen around

like peacocks under the duress

as their feathers wither to dust.

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MUSIC SERIES – The Little Things

This poem was inspired by Yellow by Coldplay. Think there’s a song you think I should write about? Let me know in the comments!

 

The Little Things

 

like splashing by a sunlit lake,

or sketching pictures after dawn;

like shining painted yellow cups,

or pointing out a starry night

are how the shapes of memories

are framed in mental photographs.

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MUSIC SERIES – Traveller

This poem was inspired by Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right by Bob Dylan. Have a song you think I should write about? Let me know in the comments!

 

Traveller

 

After the dust has caked my lungs

and the hot swallows of dry air

have scorched my swollen throat to ash,

I wonder if my doubts will flame

 

and if, after feet grow heavy,

the heat of my fires will wane

and extinguish the fortitude

that first sent me on this journey.

——

 

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MUSIC SERIES – Under the Wheel

This poem was inspired by Time by Pink Floyd! Let me know if there are any songs you’d like me to write about.

 

Under the Wheel

 

When my skin began to shrivel

I knew Fortune’s spinning wheel

had snared me in its crooked spokes

and sentenced me to my last years.

 

The somber day came when I slipped;

the strength I’d used to climb her rungs

was at last sapped from my muscles

and she rolled o’er my shrunken form.

——

 

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MUSIC SERIES – Listening Beneath the Spruce Tree

Hey there! This poem was inspired by And the Waltz Goes On, composed by Anthony Hopkins, performed by Andre Rieu. Got a song you would like to see me write about? Let me know!

 

Listening Beneath the Spruce Tree

I stepped through a shadowed world

with soft, ever quickening strides

while the echoing songs of spring

sprouted from the leaves of saplings.

 

The winds swayed beneath the spruce tree;

my eyes filled with a somber sleep,

yet I could still hear you singing

those whispers of serenity.

——

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MUSIC SERIES – Passing Through

Hi there! This poem was inspired by Breakdown by Jack Johnson. Let me know if there are any songs you think I should write about!

Passing Through

 

Billows of smoke blow through the trees

as the train snakes along the tracks,

and staring out the thin window

I wonder whether the return

 

will hold the quiet mysticism

as these thick, mist-laden branches

or if, after we have passed on,

the breeze will coax away the chills.

——

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