18 May 2010

wield your shine

short life, rough
never enough
black birds fly
rivers cry to the sea

1-2-3 come dance with me
to the number of our days

snapshots slip
through heaven’s hole
hearts lose hands
children grow

1-2-3 come dance with me
to the number of our days

trouble hits
stand up, commit

illuminate humanity


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This week's prompt for We Write Poems asked that we write a poem after listening to music.  Rani Arbo & Daisy Mayhem's album Big Ol Life, along with a piece from an earlier album, Big Black Bird inspired this poem. The italicized couplets are from the song "What's That" lyrics by Rani Arbo. Take a listen to "Shine On," you'll be glad you did.  Arbo is the singer.

15 comments:

irene said...

The words are so lyrical Brenda. Lovely poem song.

Ron. said...

Enjoyed this very much, Brenda & was also rimnded of the Beatles 'Blackbird':

Blackbird fly
Blackrird fly
Into the light of a dark black night


Thanks for the reminder!

brenda said...

Thanks you two! Ron, I didn't even think of the Beatle's song, and I love it. Thank YOU for the reminder!

Linda Goin said...

"trouble hits
stand up, commit"

Amen, sister! Great little poem song!

Raven's Wing Poetry said...

This is a simple and elegant gem of a poem. I especially liked "rivers cry to the sea". Very nicely done.

-Nicole

Mary said...

I like where this song took you.

These lines make me think:

snapshots slip
through heaven’s hole
hearts lose hands
children grow

briarcat said...

I'm sorry--I may steal the first two lines

Dan Rako said...

Illuminating. Nice

brenda said...

Thanks to all of you. Your words warm me inside.

briarcat--it flatters me that you want to steal my words...thieve away!

Diane T said...

Beautiful. These lines make me want to sway my days away......

1-2-3 come dance with me
to the number of our days

flaubert said...

Brenda well done!Now I have that Beatles/Paul's song in my head and it won't go away
Pamela

Linda Frances said...

Lovely lyrical lilt.

mypoeticlicense said...

Your poem, Brenda, had the same sweet twang as the music. Very clean sounding/reading. Enjoyed it a lot (both you and the video).

- Dina

Francis Scudellari said...

I love the rhythm of your lines, and they complement the song so well. Great first stanza.

Mr. Walker said...

Brief but powerful - your poem reminds me of the work of Langston Hughes.