Poetry / Poems

River

Active member
Love

by Czeslaw Milosz

Love means to learn to look at yourself
The way one looks at distant things
For you are only one thing among many.
And whoever sees that way heals his heart,
Without knowing it, from various ills—
A bird and a tree say to him: Friend.

Then he wants to use himself and things
So that they stand in the glow of ripeness.
It doesn’t matter whether he knows what he serves:
Who serves best doesn’t always understand.
 

Rarechild

New member
05/12/2004

05/12/2004
Battered and bruised, I go to pick myself up again, but the fall has not been so far this time
I am still alive this time
And logic holds court wrapped desperately about my confusion
I go to my body and soul, and question the state of things
As a spirit, I grow every day in the smallest gestures
My body is safe, my body is well
And I am able to transition for my betterment
Of course I feel the human pain, alone and buzzed after throwing my weight around and exiting a situation in which I would deal with another body
Close, probing somehow
Requiring personal information and commitment, if only an idea
To the future
My salve of isolation becomes a burden as years eclipse one another
And there is one more coffeehouse, and one more bar
one more legion of souls
Bent and screaming
For my evolution
and the answer
-R. McCartney
 

greenearthal

New member
Song lyrics I wrote, also works as a stream of consciousness poem

Lovestream
by My Rap Name is Alex

I like sand castle palaces, flaming chalices, birds, bees, butterflies, trees, music, families, tribes, lovers, listeners, vibes, action, relaxation, rejuvination, sensations, patience, love communications, sun rays, moon beams, the abundance of green, the beauty the light brings, the beauty the night brings, s'just a couple of my favorite things, oh.  And the sound of the scratch of the guitar strings

I like smiles on baby faces, fun new places, rejecting rat races, cats (in most cases), embraces: filled with sincerity, clarity, certain connotations of charity sudden opportunity: helpin a stranger, courage in the face of danger, an outlet for your anger. Like grabbin a mic; like doin it right. I like birdsong at first light and love at first sight, your sexy summer walk, fall days with street chalk, warmin up winter with passion & pillow talk, kissin your cold nose, peelin off wet clothes, anything I'm doin with you I suppose, a rip roaring fire it grows from an ember, see, your smile's eternally etched in my memory

I like love, trust, truth, lust, lickin lips lined with nerve endings, ending pretending, startin time spending, sending telepathic care, learning to share, showing up, being there, YEAH!, clean air, raging waters, sons, daughters, failing, trying harder, havin a good attitude, at any lattitude, My Rap Name is Alex, Peace, Love, Gratitude!

:)

Here's a link to me performing it live if anyone's interested
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x3T71o8WGUE
 

NIMchimpsky

New member
Song lyrics I wrote, also works as a stream of consciousness poem

Lovestream
by My Rap Name is Alex

I like sand castle palaces, flaming chalices, birds, bees, butterflies, trees, music, families, tribes, lovers, listeners, vibes, action, relaxation, rejuvination, sensations, patience, love communications, sun rays, moon beams, the abundance of green, the beauty the light brings, the beauty the night brings, s'just a couple of my favorite things, oh.  And the sound of the scratch of the guitar strings

I like smiles on baby faces, fun new places, rejecting rat races, cats (in most cases), embraces: filled with sincerity, clarity, certain connotations of charity sudden opportunity: helpin a stranger, courage in the face of danger, an outlet for your anger. Like grabbin a mic; like doin it right. I like birdsong at first light and love at first sight, your sexy summer walk, fall days with street chalk, warmin up winter with passion & pillow talk, kissin your cold nose, peelin off wet clothes, anything I'm doin with you I suppose, a rip roaring fire it grows from an ember, see, your smile's eternally etched in my memory

I like love, trust, truth, lust, lickin lips lined with nerve endings, ending pretending, startin time spending, sending telepathic care, learning to share, showing up, being there, YEAH!, clean air, raging waters, sons, daughters, failing, trying harder, havin a good attitude, at any lattitude, My Rap Name is Alex, Peace, Love, Gratitude!

:)

Here's a link to me performing it live if anyone's interested
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x3T71o8WGUE

Love your rap lyrics. I can really hear the beat in your lyrics just by reading them.

nim
 

NIMchimpsky

New member
Song lyrics that I wrote a while ago:

One criminal pays the bail
While another stays in jail
To be rich is to have the law waived
To be poor is to be enslaved
Bound by money -- None of us is free

What world is this we live in
Where wealth and happiness are synonymous
Where being famous beats being anonymous
Where robbery alongside rape is a sin
Bound by money -- None of us is free

Century after century
The same old philosophy

Every government disintegrates to oligarchy
The masses are controlled by a rich minority
Bound by money -- None of us is free

nim
 

NIMchimpsky

New member
I'm glad they read well. You're welcome. Please share more if/when you have more.

The following poem is about this song.

"Mas Que Nada (Poem)"

Oariá raiô
Obá Obá Obá...
I will sail over this
I am that albatross
Who cares how clumsy I am on land
When I'm coasting above the storm
...Mas que nada
Sai da minha frente
Eu quero passar...
I will sing
I will feel the joy of the song
Even if it means maxing the volume
Feeling the vibrations with my hands
And filling in the gaps with my mind
...Pois o samba está animado
O que eu quero é sambar
Este samba...​
Escaping my internal world
Flooding it with joy
I will conquer this
I will watch isolation shrivel up
And die
...Que é misto de maracatu
É samba de preto velho
Samba de preto tu
Mas que nada...
I've found my connection to the world
My independence
...Um samba como esse tão legal
Você não vai querer
Que eu chegue no final...
This song is my independence
My freedom
My joy.
Oariá raiô
Obá Obá Obá...

nim
 

greenearthal

New member
Sweet. Here's more.

a few months ago my friend and bandmate told me that someone in one of our audiences found me attractive... and I was very appreciative of that, just so long as she understood that I was "a different kind of cat." And that phrase stuck with me and stuck with me and then lyrics started erupting out of my brain and eventually I had written this. I have no music for it yet, it's just lyrics so far.


Different Kind of Cat
by My Rap Name is Alex

Lemme be up front, I don't like to front
I'm not the type of cat that just says what you want
I'm poly, I'm so poly there is no doubt
And I'm out, I'm so out it's sump'n I shout about
Show me around and try concealing my views
and the next thing you know I'm talkin poly on the news
It's in all of my books, in my art, and my songs
I'll tell anyone who asks; I don't think it's wrong
________ revealed life could be this way one day
And I like it, okay? And it's how I'm gonna stay.

I'm a different kind of cat, I'm just a different kind of cat
And I'm thanking you for thinking thoughts that I am all o dat
But yo, just so you know I am a different kind of cat
And you can hate the way I live my life but still it's where I'm at

I'm not the kinda cat that would read your email
I'm not gonna cyberstalk you whatever that entails
If you're lookin for a challenge in me: EPIC FAIL
but if you're into honesty well then let's set sail
You meet at guy at a party we're at; I give you space
I meet a lady at a party we're at; want a taste?
just kidding, wink, wink, nudge, nudge, smiley face :)
go slow? o-k, we go at your pace
But I gotta be me and you gotta be you
So if my girlfriend's other boyfriend has a chalice tattoo
that's how he does he and what's that to you?
that's how we do we because we think that's cool

I'm a different kind of cat, I'm just a different kind of cat
And I'm thanking you for thinking thoughts that I am all o dat
But yo, just so you know I am a different kind of cat
And you can hate the way I live my life but still it's where I'm at

I'm straight edge and square, I don't want no beer
I don't own no car, and don't really care
When last I ate meat: The year was 94
and I'm the most church goin Atheist that you ever saw
Clothing optional? Sure! Lets get raw
First I got some big shoes to remove. Need->Say->More?
I confess to being strange, and to having a brain
And in many ways I am totally plain
Not into games, won't live life in shame
so holler if you hear me and you feel the same
touch me in the morning, but don't walk away
we'll have tomorrow, today AND yesterday
okay

I'm a different kind of cat, I'm just a different kind of cat
And I'm thanking you for thinking thoughts that I am all o dat
But yo, just so you know I am a different kind of cat
And you can hate the way I live my life but that's just where I'm at

---
© My Rap Name is Alex
www.MyRapNameIsAlex.com
 

ladyjools

New member
like a love sick puppy

I never knew that desire,
could steal into everything I am,
induce me to the edge of madness.

That it can OWN me,
Until…
I’ve smashed my face into concrete.

Leaving a tinny blood aftertaste.
That I spit up to inanely absolve.

Just by consenting myself to allow
one lone thought,
one solitary moment,
one nano second of you in my mind,
I am back smashing into concrete.
hysterical for some faith that I might break through to you,

There is still the stink of you around me.
I never can get it off,
Maybe it’s because deep down I don’t want too.

I can still close my eyes and part my lips,
to dream the feel of your raw tongue
attacking my mouth and throat
nobody kissed me that way before,
nobody has since.

There is your voice rumbling round my mind
commanding me obediently onto my back,
my hands are still wrapped around you,
pulling in so tight I almost became a part of you.
You where always the one in control.

I am pining for the curve of your chest,
To lay my head and have myself suffocated underneath you
I don’t need to breathe if I have you.

Wanting you makes me sick to my stomach,
enough that the impatience could kill everything I’ve worked for,
I hate the way you make me feel,
but there isn’t a part of you I hate.
Despite what you’ve done
I am forever under your power, like a love sick puppy
I would follow you to the ends of the earth
If you only asked me too…

I’ve given up on goodbye.
 

River

Active member
"What peaches and what penumbras! Whole families shopping at night! Aisles full of husbands! Wives in the avocados, babies in the tomatoes!--and you, Garcia Lorca, what were you doing down by the watermelons?"

— Allen Ginsberg (Howl and Other Poems)
 

River

Active member
dragons remain hidden
in the snap dragons

honey in the honeysuckle
the sun in the sunflower

the white chickens in the
white chickens

the allusions in the
illusions

allen ginsberg
is lost in the grocery store

he's still an angel
dreaming

america! america is lost in
america!

david byrne, living, is lost
in democracy

beside the white
leonard cohen
hallelujah

the map is lost in the territory
the territory is lost on the map

euell gibbons
is swallowing e. e. cummings

whole is the night
holy is the birthday

any day is a birth day --
to begin anew

and so to live
 

LovingRadiance

Active member
Sweet. Here's more.

a few months ago my friend and bandmate told me that someone in one of our audiences found me attractive... and I was very appreciative of that, just so long as she understood that I was "a different kind of cat." And that phrase stuck with me and stuck with me and then lyrics started erupting out of my brain and eventually I had written this. I have no music for it yet, it's just lyrics so far.


Different Kind of Cat
by My Rap Name is Alex

Lemme be up front, I don't like to front
I'm not the type of cat that just says what you want
I'm poly, I'm so poly there is no doubt
And I'm out, I'm so out it's sump'n I shout about
Show me around and try concealing my views
and the next thing you know I'm talkin poly on the news
It's in all of my books, in my art, and my songs
I'll tell anyone who asks; I don't think it's wrong
________ revealed life could be this way one day
And I like it, okay? And it's how I'm gonna stay.

I'm a different kind of cat, I'm just a different kind of cat
And I'm thanking you for thinking thoughts that I am all o dat
But yo, just so you know I am a different kind of cat
And you can hate the way I live my life but still it's where I'm at

I'm not the kinda cat that would read your email
I'm not gonna cyberstalk you whatever that entails
If you're lookin for a challenge in me: EPIC FAIL
but if you're into honesty well then let's set sail
You meet at guy at a party we're at; I give you space
I meet a lady at a party we're at; want a taste?
just kidding, wink, wink, nudge, nudge, smiley face :)
go slow? o-k, we go at your pace
But I gotta be me and you gotta be you
So if my girlfriend's other boyfriend has a chalice tattoo
that's how he does he and what's that to you?
that's how we do we because we think that's cool

I'm a different kind of cat, I'm just a different kind of cat
And I'm thanking you for thinking thoughts that I am all o dat
But yo, just so you know I am a different kind of cat
And you can hate the way I live my life but still it's where I'm at

I'm straight edge and square, I don't want no beer
I don't own no car, and don't really care
When last I ate meat: The year was 94
and I'm the most church goin Atheist that you ever saw
Clothing optional? Sure! Lets get raw
First I got some big shoes to remove. Need->Say->More?
I confess to being strange, and to having a brain
And in many ways I am totally plain
Not into games, won't live life in shame
so holler if you hear me and you feel the same
touch me in the morning, but don't walk away
we'll have tomorrow, today AND yesterday
okay

I'm a different kind of cat, I'm just a different kind of cat
And I'm thanking you for thinking thoughts that I am all o dat
But yo, just so you know I am a different kind of cat
And you can hate the way I live my life but that's just where I'm at

---
© My Rap Name is Alex
www.MyRapNameIsAlex.com

Wow-that was really cool! I'm new here and just reading through posts. I really like these lyrics a lot!
 

ladyjools

New member
written for a girl who broke a boys heart


The Strawberry Sunshine Girl
It was the fall when I fell for you with our noses cold and blue.
In the fresh morning air the color of your hair shone through.
Oh I longed and waited so I could talk to you.
Even then I missed the days you did not sail
And we could talk.

Many days have gone by since
you last held my hand.
Oh but i still wanted to be your friend.
Why you never told me so.

I fell from the clouds because you made me fly so high.
And into despair I just longed to touch your hair.
Golden strawberry curls.
I gave you a locket thinking we would never be parted.
I wonder do you still have it, that part of my hair.

You see my heart no longer beats faster as i drive by past her.
Such a shame to loose the strawberry girl.

So now is a time to move on without her
But there will be days when i think about her
The strawberry girl sitting in the sun
Holding hand in hand having some fun

And now you have gone!
Will the days go by any faster?
Winter loom’s
And I look up and watch the passing moon’s
As each season passes
I’ll await the warmth of the summer sun
Until the ground grows and flowers bloom
To look upon you from a far
To see the golden strawberry curls once more

My poems & thoughts of you
will stay unfinished
Sad but true

this is obviously wrote with such feeling and is so sad,
it reminds me of my situation, and it makes me want to tell you not to give up hope that you will have that again.

:(

Jools
 
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