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Poems Inspired by Music (idea inspired by the forum)

cloventongue89
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Poetry Contest

Write a poem inspired by a song from one of your favorite artists
This was totally inspired by the forum discussion group based on what I thought the initial concept was and thought it would make a very interesting competition to choose a song from one of your favorite artists to write to, or reinterpret the lyrics in your own way. Whatever the music inspires just go with it, then post the name of the artist and the lyrics then your poem. Seems like a great way to get a feel for what appeals to various writers and get to know each-others tastes as well as perhaps hear of music we may not otherwise. When going through and figuring out how this works as far as who wins or even just as far as commenting, it might add an interesting dynamic to listen to the music that inspired the poem while you read another poets work. This is my first competition I'm hosting, so bear with me. Limit 200 words or less up to 2 entries, different song for each submission...

Caithasno_backbone
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Heavy Weight (II)

Do the scars know their names?
Do they know the threat they trickle and heave?
The heavy weight that consumes you till you shatter and break.
Push comes shove fueled by hate
Grab the horns, twist and break
Feed the rage, a new war to wage
Your aggression has become your new found obsession.
The hate escalates to a new recession.
Sometimes we are prone to crack and say things we know we can't take back, to be abrupt and brash but stutter and crash
Spit the fire, hash it out, do you even remember what I was so mad about?
Swallow up my words, try to muffle them out, choke on the bitterness poised in each vowel, the fowl venom hidden in each syllable.
Defile and deprive, try to tear me down.
Pull me down from my pedestal, I'll claw my way right back to the top.
I'm a wicked force of nature you can't stop.
Build me up, tear me down tell me how I never meant shit to you.
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This song was inspired by the songs Nerve and Roam by The Story So Far

cloventongue89
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Thank you so much for your submission love the words and looking forward to checking out the music :)

gazellemon
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are recorded performances of a poem inspired by music acceptable?

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(This piece, based on the Elton John song of the same name and best
read while listening to the music; http://www.youtube.com/watch?
feature=player_detailpage&v=3p_xAToFzck )

Funeral For A Friend
 

Solemni Pompa  
 
Under a dark gray sky  
the mourners come  
beckoned by the church bells toll  
and a distant organs lament  
undeterred by the chill Winter wind  
they come to remember  
the life of a friend  
 
Alta Tristitiam  
 
The church doors swing wide  
the mourners enter in  
greeted by the anguished dirge  
of the thunderous organ  
played in a vain attempt  
to quicken the dead  
and banish the demons within  
 
Spera Triumphi  
 
A single white dove  
is released into the gloom  
as if the soul rises triumphant  
from the dearly departed  
and travels upward to paradise  
only to return on Resurrection day  
 
Miseratiónum Monimentum  
 
The pews now filled  
with family and friends  
the tender requiem begins  
what a wonderful father he was  
a devoted husband too  
a poem is read  
his favorite hymn is sung  
projected images are viewed  
 
 
Lamentatione Flebili  
 
The grieving wife loudly weeps  
rushing to the coffin  
crying NO! NO! NO!  
others join in sobbing  
the widow turns to meet their gaze  
the tear stained faces  
of many women she doesn't know  
 
Celebratio  
 
Close friends ascend the pulpit  
to celebrate his life well lived  
funny things he said  
crazy things he did  
the sound of his laughter  
the warmth of his smile  
memories that keep him alive  
 
Laetus Exitus  
    
Fueled by happy thoughts of him  
smiling the pall bearers lift the casket  
on shoulders they carry  
his eternal vessel  
not as a box with a corpse inside  
but as the victorious hero of the game  
 
Pompa Sepulturae  
 
The mourners turned celebrants  
follow their friend’s mortal shell  
outside and into the ancient church yard  
made glorious by the sun’s rays  
penetrating the dark sky  
as if heaven has descended  
to welcome him home  
   
Ultimum Vale  
 
Family and friends encircle  
the newly dug grave  
nestled between ancestors  
long since departed  
the final resting place is blessed  
 
the widow overcome with grief  
christens the coffin lid  
with a handful of soil  
she kisses a single red rose  
her tears, like morning dew  
glisten on its delicate petals  
she places it near his heart  
as he is lowered into the ground

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(Sung to Carmina Burana, Fortuna Imperatrix Mundi by Carl Orff)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EJC-_j3SnXk        
 
Fortunate

      
ff        
He wakes alone        
She wakes alone        
Two souls yearning for true love        
       
mp        
He enters in        
the small cafe        
to buy a cup of        
coffee        
       
mp        
She’s sitting there        
lost in her book        
looks up when he starts        
speaking        
       
mf        
It cannot be        
him standing there        
she feels her skin start        
tingling        
       
mp        
His eyes meet hers        
they share a smile        
they had been longtime        
lovers        
       
mp        
Turning away        
to pay his tab        
he looks as she’s just        
leaving        
       
mf        
He let her go        
12 years years before        
a choice that left him        
grieving        
       
mf        
Back then she ran        
because he loved        
solely his mistress        
Wall Street        
       
mp        
He rushes out        
calling her name        
his heart, the street were        
empty        
       
mp        
Reentering in        
the small cafe        
to sit where she’d been        
seated        
       
mf        
When on the chair        
he finds a book        
the one that she’d been        
reading        
       
mp        
She marked page 12        
there wrote a note        
that made his heart start        
singing        
       
mp        
Let’s turn the page        
forget what’s past        
begin a brand new        
chapter        
       
mf        
Please come to me        
if you still care        
I live at the same        
address        
       
mf        
He quickly leaves        
looks for a shop        
to buy her long-stemmed        
roses        
       
ff        
He’s at her door        
She lets him in        
mind, heart and soul and        
body        
       
ff        
He starts to speak        
she says please don’t        
just hold me close and        
kiss me        
       
fff        
Her breast now bare        
pressed to his chest        
she feels his manhood        
growing        
       
fff        
Guiding him in        
filled to her core        
she whispers welcome        
home dear        
       
fff        
Sound the horns        
ecstasy's fanfare        
let the climatic        
timpani beat        
clash the cymbals        
cries of loves consummation        
       
Postlude        
       
mp        
Alone she wakes        
he enters in        
with long-stemmed rose and        
coffee

cloventongue89
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Go for it

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Thank you for your submission looking forward to checking out the music

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Hopelessly Happy inst. by Bonjr

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song:  Someday We'll Be Together Again - Bonjr

Hopelessly Happy inst. by Bonjr

If life is a ride,  
my hands are held high,  
I'm getting by,  
but I want to fly!  
 
If life is a ride,  
will you stand by my side,  
I'm fixing mine,  
before I die!  
 
I need to decide for myself,  
my health is a measure of wealth,  
happiness can't be found in something else,  
yeah, happiness comes from the self!  
 
 
I am always running from something,  
some say they see my seams splitting,  
Daily barely awake,  
Take some potions to get through the motions,  
divided along emotions,  
looking for the quotient,  
Supposing as I sit here alone,  
so it goes I scroll through my phone,  
no new notifications,  
except for the bitches constantly hating,  
they want to see me floundering, failing,  
debating if I am just faking,  
fuck it I am done with this bullshit,  
see me take it,  
see me make it!  
 
 
If life is a ride,  
my hands are held high,  
I'm getting by,  
but i want to fly!  
 
If life is a ride,  
will you stand by my side,  
I'm fixing mine,  
before I die!  
 
I need to decide for myself,  
my health is a measure of wealth,  
happiness can't be found in something else,  
yeah, happiness comes from the self!  
 
 
yeah.. happiness comes from the self,  
what else do you want to know?  
This world is cold but our souls are warm,  
listen no one is better some may be clever,  
some say the man has control of the levers,  
I say let's plan an endeavor,  
and forever remember we are in this together...  
 
yeah, forever remember we are in this together...  
 
yeah, forever remember we are in this together...  
 
yeah, forever remember we are in this together...  

poet Anonymous

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Orion

They say you came
from the middle star,
one of three they said
long necked
and cane fingered;
a grey shadow come home

surfed your strange wormholes,
journeyed at warp speed
towards our humble trees
and you never travelled alone.

The Mayans saw you
in the form of a bird,
built their temples
in your belt line

and I wonder if they knew
what I always pondered,
if you skate the edges
of the heavens
watching me

disguising your knowledge
in the irony of a shepherd,
while three pounds of brain
roam curious constellations
in great herds of the unknown.

~

(Inspired by “The Sky Is A Neighbourhood” by Foo Fighters: https://youtu.be/TRqiFPpw2fY )


UbiquitousVoid
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CADENTIBUS CALIGINE

 
Bleak soliloquy, my lamentation
Carressed by momentary drafts
A door that stays shut 'til the end
Left with nought but hatred


The light pours into the room
Scattered across vapid walls
As I reminisce from the dark
The pain of longing for the sun


Rot festers here
I know the carrion
I am soon to be one


Black gown of night
Moon weaves between the bars
Rope drapery 'neath my flesh
Sanguine exhalation
I have but lingering ire
To grant me another day


Take me back to the moors
Torn from within your final words
Once I am born again
Then, you will remember these eyes


Spurred from sleep, heartbeat strung
Echoes through the stone halls
I know that death has come


The sky wrote my epitaph
As the clouds blanket the sun


Vacuous, I reach for the fog
Darkness emerged from her lips
And motion becomes the world
Slave to the gird, I turn


A feint beyond my struggle
Her gaze shifts from me
I see the mist of apathy
A mask for her sorrow


A lone image burns through
Sears me with a last cry
Choked between each labored breath
A weight falls upon my shoulder
And a charnel hand on hers
That last stole my dream


Saw the blade disappear
Blood escapes her throat
Falls into the dirt
To meet me in Hell


Take me back to the moors
Torn from within your final words
Once I am born again
Then, you will remember these eyes
Written by UbiquitousVoid
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Inspired by Serenity Painted Death by Opeth.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z7cuL_JxHOE

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Anonymous 2

I look at the stars in the night
And I wish
I had someone to share this view with
Maybe you're in the sky

Maybe you're the wind that blows
And plays tricks on me
As I try to catch the kisses you blow
Because love is confusing
If you're the wind
Lift me up
Don't let me go

Could you possibly be the sun
That wakes me up in the morning?
And peeps into my room
As i look for something new?
If you're the sun
Show me my bright side

Are you the rain?
That wakes me up from my dreams?
To show me you're in pain?
That hides the tears on my cheek?
If you are the rain
Please cleanse me

I think you are the bugs
That just don't like me
Maybe you're just scared
Because you always bite me
I don't know why
But don't be afraid of me
I won't hurt a fly

Or could you be a bird
Beautiful, attractive, like an angel with wings?
That always fly away from me?
Because sometimes I'm afraid
And can't imagine that someone as beautiful as you wants to spend the rest of their life with me

-

Inspired by I'm Jealous by Shania Twain

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=KO4ZNHcUVHk

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Make Believe (Inspired by Norma Jean - Sun Dies, Blood Moon)
(song lyrics - https://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/normajean/sundiesbloodmoon.html )
(actual track - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TI1W5Y2wDZ0 )

Living at odds on the outskirts of heaven
And a makeshift paradise I die to achieve
These days it feels like what I wanted so badly
Are the same things I have to make myself believe
Going through the motions, I redeem my sweat to survive
Trading my blood to vacant memories of clockwork mundane
I once knew a season when this began, I felt so alive
But now I just wait out the rain
The sunlight sells to yesterday until it dawns on us
Yearning for the cool chill of another winter
The insatiable appetites of a bottomless sensation
All that I indulge leaves me wanting more of nothing
I crave, restless in the womb of rebirth
Questioning a world I’ve yet to see
On reserve and waiting for the unknown
In my efforts to become who I think that I should be
Wasting years preoccupied on the outskirts of destiny
In the line of sight of a thousand hopes that never see eye to eye with me…

OxyMoronicMe
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ON MY WAY HOME

(to You)

I was down, in my darkest hour
hopeless with no help coming around
my meager voice fallen to deaf ears
dried tears adorned this once happy face

Until the silence of having no one to turn to
I never heard, You
forgive this sinner
for I lost my way
now, on my way home - to You

Heart, clouded with regrets and doubt
life choices that took a wrong turn
somewhere, I seem to fall astray
forsaking myself and everything that I own

Until desperation overcomes pride and dellusion
I never choose, You
forgive this sinner
for I lost my way
now, on my way home - to You


This hand of mine, bleeding as I toil
digging deeper, a grave that's my own
I was breathing, poison filled abundance
that light, not the sun but a truck's headlight

Until it hit and run with my bartered soul
I never knew, You
forgive this sinner
for I lost my way
now, on my way home - to You

I was alone, You were there
     embracing me, with unconditional love
I was defeated, You were there
      comforting, encouraging, giving hope
I was dying, You were there
      healing me with faith, full of life

I hear You
Oh Lord, You
yes, it's always been You
forgive this sinner
for I lost my way
now, on my way home - to You


Authors Note:

This song I particularly like because of its devotional meaning. The message I hear is: you are never alone, He is there with you, always. Its just that we never heard Him until all around is deathly silent.

Inspired by:
Whispers in the dark
performed by: Skillet / included in Comatose Album
Writer/s: JOHN COOPER, BRIAN HOWES 
Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.
https://youtu.be/omuYo49_SOQ
Written by OxyMoronicMe (G.L.)
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