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Hello fine poets! This is Mish behind the bar serving up today’s Poetics. Grab a chair. Do you hear the music in the air? I’m taking requests.

A couple of days ago I returned from an action-packed road trip from Colorado to California to visit family. The grand finale of this “vacation” was attending a concert on our last night before flying home the next day. Nahko Bear and Medicine for the People is one of my favorite artists. Not only do I like their diverse musical style but I am especially moved by their meaningful lyrics that drive home social consciousness, awareness and hope for change. Their music is not for everyone, but I have to say for me…. it is spiritual.

Aloha Ke Akua, Nahko and Medicine for the People

Today for Poetics, I am asking you to choose some lyrics, preferably one line from a favorite song and grow your own poem from it. You are not limited to the original theme of the song. Instead, forge your own poetic path. Be serious or silly. Just be sure to highlight the line(s), giving credit to the song and artist.   If you are not much of a music buff, you can choose from the lyrics below or research your own.

“You may say I’m a dreamer.”  ~  Imagine, John Lennon

“And I think to myself what a wonderful world.”  ~ What a Wonderful World, Louis Armstrong

“I only want to see you laughing in the purple rain.”  ~ Purple Rain – Prince

“She acts like summer and walks like rain.”  ~  Drops of Jupiter, Train

“So wake me up when it’s all over. When I’m wiser and I’m older.”  ~ Wake Me Up, Avicii

“Let’s pretend we’re dancing in the streets in Barcelona.”  ~ Barcelona, Ed Sheeran

“I am colorblind. Coffee black and egg white.”  ~  Colorblind, Counting Crows

“And I feel like I’m clinging to a cloud”  ~  Misty, Johnny Mathis

“Once I rose above the noise and confusion”  ~ Carry On Wayward Son, Kansas

“Chasing dreams with fishing nets”  ~  Rain Delays, Crash Parallel

“Silence like a cancer grows”  ~ The Sound of Silence, Simon and Garfunkel

“Amidst the chaos, find your peace.” ~  Great Spirit, Nahko and Medicine for the People

To join in:

  • Write a poem that includes a line from a song.
  • Post it to your blog or website.
  • Click on Mr. Linky and add your name and direct URL to your poem.
  • Include a link to dVerse in your blog post. Spread the word!
  • Visit and read the work of your fellow poets.
  • Have fun!


I leave you with this….