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Where Words Fail, Music Speaks

DaisyGrace
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Poetry Contest

Write a poem inspired by your favorite song.
I'm always on the hunt for new music and thought what better way to find something new than to have you guys write poetry inspired by your favorite songs!

So here's the rundown:

1. Decide what song you want to use.
2. Write the poem
3. Post the poem to your personal page and then link it here.
4. If you use direct quotes/lines from the song, please indicate which lines somehow (put them in quotes, italics, etc. and make a note at the bottom or in your author's note letting me know how you marked them.)
5. Include a link to the song you chose so I can listen.

The nuts and bolts of the thing:
1. Keep it...Rated R. I don't really want a content label slapped on this. I'm not saying no erotica. I'm just saying keep it clean-ish. Which basically means, don't give me a pump and dump. Make my brain work for it a bit with some clever word play if you're going to dive into erotic territory. If you have questions about if it should it be in there, the answer is probably no. But feel free to ask.
2. With that said, it does not have to be erotica at all! Just something inspired by your favorite music. Write poems about love, loss, children, family, chicken pot pie. Just give me something born from your creativity while listening to other's creativity.
3. Any genre/style/form you want. I just don't want to read epics. So let's keep it under, say, 300 words.
4. Please, please, please include a link to the song. It will be disqualified if it's not there. The whole purpose of this competition is so I can find new music!
5. Please link your poem into the comp thread not just copy and paste. I prefer this. I know others might not, but I do. And since it's my comp, I get to call the shots.
6. No more than two entries per poet. No collaborations. New-ish work only (written in the last six months).

I think that's it! If you have questions, you can ask here in the thread or in a private message. I'll start us off with a non entry in the comments. Just for an example.

Good luck and I can't wait to read the offerings!

DaisyGrace
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I'd Burn it all Down for a Night with You

I feel a sin coming on
a lipstick stained glass
shattered on the floor
an evening full of curves that you need to cling to the
Jesus bar to get around
sweet temptation burns with
the discordant notes of a guitar strung
tight
I can see it written in invisible ink
a swirl of calligraphy that has my name
swooped in the buzz of champagne-night
every wrong that tasted so right on my tongue
there's a flavor I can only blame on you
it's trickled from the tipple of
tequila in my glass
it's gentle bead runs down my chin

the lights fade to black
I pray to God to hold me back
but the smoky flavor always brings me
a dull ache
a tremor
a pulse racer

you
and the way you burn all the way down
in this one stop sordid night
I feel a sin coming on
virtue slipping the way your halo did
I try to remember who led who on
and find in my mind it was a mutual decision
to grab each other
and plow headlong off this fucking cliff

brick dust under my finger nails
as we slam into the wall
your teeth sharp
sliding through my resolve
the way your panties tore beneath my fingers

all I wanted was a couple drinks
now the room is scattered in glass and sin
you shattered me
in soft collisions and
whispered entreaties
that turned into full throated screams
you gripped me with passion
alight in my groin and you stay with me
a permanent scar

I need another drink

***
Words in italics are song lyrics.

Inspired by the Pistol Annies song I Feel A Sin Coming On.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XltvfXeN5KY

This is a non-entry written by a friend (I have permission to post, they'd just prefer I not use their name)! Just an example.

Miss_Sub
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So I Tell Myself

 
I count all the days behind me    
in tallies of borrowed time    
as I lean back into the ache    
     
I give it your name    
     
and it is raw on my lips      
tasting of blood and fear    
of forgetting how your eyes    
stoked the fire in my lungs    
     
as I arch my throat    
and send out smoke signals    
into the night    
     
because it was never just me;    
it was you and your doorstep    
and your hands, beautiful & wild    
unbuckling the straps of my shoes    
     
as they dropped onto a wood floor    
echoing a clatter of hearts      
crashing for the first time    
beating the skin of our need    
until — nothing but rhythm.    
     
Oak boards    
falling stars      
palms of dark    
     
it is all passing    
as blood drifts from our cheeks    
into our waiting chests
     
until there is nothing left    
but the love.    
     
So I don’t look back,    
because your clothes are dead    
laying their bones across a floor    
that once screamed your body    
     
and I cannot hold a memory;    
only blunt my hours on its blade    
where the sting still tastes    
like time.
   
     
 
Written by Miss_Sub (- Missy -)
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Inspired by “Save Your Best Bits” by The Parlotones —https://youtu.be/o4nGVojtpDM

DaisyGrace
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Waiting

This waiting,
this altogether
pleasurable torture,
has me
wanting.

I ache to remember
all the violent, sweet,
perfect words that you said.


I have given my pleasure
to you.
Placed it in your hands
where you cradle it against
darkness you thought
would never be seen,
caress it along a
razor’s edge.
A kiss on my sin,
on shadows I thought gone.

I have faith in the
whispered wishes on your tongue
and my ability to loosen your lips.

I see angels and devils
and God when you come

and I want nothing more
than you breathing out
and me breathing in.
Stillness.
Silence.
The rush of inhalation,
the thrill of skin.

But, I will wait for you...

Wait for your forthright hands
to drown me amid the stars
and give permission to curl myself
around pieces of you
that you forgot were there.
Written by DaisyGrace
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Inspired by Come on Get Higher by Matt Nathanson
https://youtu.be/aHx4BlF6V2o

A non-entry!

anvinvil
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Everybody Knows “ Leonard Cohen”

You know you can’t believe
all that you see on the TV.
The spin depends on the channel
that is set when you turn it on.
You must decide if you want them
to think for you or you want to think  
for yourself. Remember this, when
you vote, you vote alone.
 
We’re all aware this country is in trouble
when truth is no longer in fashion.
When every word must be fact checked  
the loss of truth can not be denied.  
Everyone wants honesty with a flower on top.
 
We know our love is special at least
I think it is. When we’re together you  
make me high, when we’re apart well,
I get distracted while loving only you.
Since distraction with someone else
is not love, then it must be okay.
 
So, you say I must decide. You say
it’s your way or it’s the highway. Hey
Baby, you know I’m high on you. Don’t
make me decide in times of racial strife.
All people know which lives matter,  
don’t take mine away this way.
 
Well, the plague of Covid 19 is here. It
does not  discriminate between men,  
women or children. Soon one side of  
beds will be empty and replaced by
memories and thoughts of coulda,  
woulda, shoulda in our past lives.
 
I know I’ve caused you problems,
I know I’ve caused you pain. I wish
I could absorb your suffering to make  
your smile return. “Everybody Knows”.
Written by anvinvil (Anvillan)
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anvinvil
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Suzanne, “Leonard Cohen”

Years have passed, been high, been low
been drifting though the memories past.
I find my thoughts stuck on you.
Why, cause you were pure, apart from
the kind of life I was living and beyond
what I deserved.
I’d like to explain, but how do you
explain stupid, foolish and irresponsible
to a perfect soul who never experienced
those aberrations. How could you ever
understand and forgive me? I was so
intimidated by your sweetness and beauty
I had to run Suzanne. After all these years
and, for me, boatloads of tears,
I had to reach out. Words fail me like they
did so many years ago. I’m glad you are
happy and life is good for you. If you
remember, one fond memory is
all I could ask for...
Written by anvinvil (Anvillan)
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DaisyGrace
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Thanks, Missy for kicking this thing off with a bang!

Anvinvil, thanks for your entries! Make sure you get some links to the songs so I can listen and so your pieces won't be disqualified!

Eerie
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Detached

In the deepest pocket I  
find absolute solitude-  
seek it out to slip into
its velveteen reprieve.  
 
I’m content here. A  
comfort that I  
find nowhere else.  
Few people can  
entice me to crawl
out from my refuge.  
 
I’ve wrestled with the
bastard notion
that there is something
faulty in my wiring.  
Broken connections, by
default or design- I can’t tell.
 
Whatever, it doesn’t  
escape my attention. I wish
it would work its magic
and disappear; only  
sometimes it lingers.  
Sitting with me in the corner, dust
to be swept away, whispering
the sweetest of nothing.  
 
And maybe that’s the  
comfort- the nothing.  
No commitment or vague
feeling that I should
be doing something else.
 
A thought…
 
 
the one I most dislike.  
 
 
I may have stayed for too
long in this cocoon of  
isolation- and most willingly.

 
My fingers are sticky, but  
nothing has transformed.
Written by Eerie
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DaisyGrace
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Thanks for the entry, Eerie!

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The Outlaw In You

This life I was livin’, it was all good, wrapped up tight like a bow
Until that summer you took me by the hand and taught me how to let go
We played a game for awhile until I drew the queen of hearts
 
Our hearts were beating like a thousand horses, just running wild
We crossed the mountains and the boarder, just to feel alive
I never took you for a cowgirl, but you rode it that way
Maybe it was me, maybe it was you, was it the way you held my gun, or did we just find something new
The outlaw in you
 
You were a school teacher ringing the morning bell, they never knew
I never saw a golden rule, just the desperado side you
The man with a badge and the posse followed, they never had a clue        
           
Our hearts were beating like a thousand horses, just running wild            
We crossed the mountains and the boarder, just to feel alive            
I never took you for a cowgirl, but you rode it that way    
Maybe it was me, maybe it was you, was it the way you held my gun, or did we just find something new
The outlaw in you

The outlaw in you...

Baby, I still dream about those sunset rides            
Disappearing into the darkness
Our hearts were beating like a thousand horses, just running wild
We crossed the mountains and the boarder, just to feel alive
I never took you for a cowgirl, but you rode it that way
Maybe  it was me, maybe it was you, was it the way you held my gun, or did we just find something new
The outlaw in you

The outlaw in you
Written by buddydog (buddydog H Faulk III)
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DaisyGrace
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Thanks for your entry BuddyDog, but please provide a link to the song you were inspired by! Either put it here in the thread or the author’s note on your poem. Thanks!

wallyroo92
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The Art of Dying

 
I was angry and hurt when I felt loss
I bore a sadness I hadn’t felt before
Because when death finally came
It tore through the fabric of my soul

Ten thousand swords pierced thru me
Drowning in words I wouldn’t voice
Internal tears with infernal fears raged
That he was gone as if by choice

I wanted to scream and shake the ground
For the skies to grow dark with clouds
I wanted the fires of hell to wash out
As my fury would shut out the crowds

He was on the voyage to the other side
While we caressed his bloody face
I guess there was no more pain or loneliness
As he made his trek to that other place

He was at peace while I wanted to shout
But you know death comes for us all
And when you go you take no possessions
Except the secrets of the soul
Written by wallyroo92
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DaisyGrace
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Thanks so much for the entry, Wally!

paperstains
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Excuse Me, I Whispered, and Lit a Match on Your Zipper

 
Ain't no maybe in the way
I'm all messed up in you
never mind little things
like promises
and rings
ritual virtues that define
who I'm supposed to belong to

My moral standing is lying down
reveling in the weight of you
resisting my writhing
restraining the inferno within
oxygen regulation unrelenting
hoarse demands
bidding me
to burn 
slow

The sweat in your eyes
the blood in your veins 
are listening to me

hiss and spit
searing heresy
blasphemes upon every deity
dwelling from heaven to hell

You savor every inch
of my sin
broken and free
these sordid desires
salvation in flame
singing flesh
the barely controlled blaze
raging under slick, greedy skin
bursts into wildfire
yielding no escape
in this conflagration 
of nails, teeth
molten wet
pounding 
need

Licking wounds 
that will leave their marks
murmurs and rumbles
of the sated
tang of our transgressions
on my tongue
drunk on temptation
skin plastered to skin
whispering a salty prayer
entreating
please
come
taste my sin
again


Written by paperstains
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Inspired by "The Only Time" by Nine Inch Nails
quoted lyrics in italics

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M8L-PR2Ioys

Blackwolf
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Tidal : Sound Image Abide All

Devil Plays A Fiddle , Goddess Plays A Violin
 
Mystic Fire Hot Desire Let Me In No See No Sin
 
Pattern Recognition Volition And Superstition
 
Angelic Wing Sweet Sing Bold Told Cognition
 
Reside Abide Words As Weave Upon The Tide
 
Falling Into While Arising With Colors Inside  
 
Explosion In Motion Devotion Still Full Implied  
 
Pierce And Bite Light Insight Delight Image Ride
 
Fade In Fade Out Sing And Sting Way In Way Out
 
White Red Black Shade Made So What It Be About
 
Ritual In Eloquence Such A Dance And Voice Shout
 
Flow Romp Foot Stomp Dark Flow Super Position You Know
Written by Blackwolf (I.M.Blackwolf)
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