Un-Plugging Poets


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Un-Plugging Poets
A Cento

Here you are again—entertaining angst.
Pull the plug on pain, my poet friend.

Living is easy with eyes closed, misunderstanding all you see.
It’s getting hard to be someone but it all works out; it doesn’t matter much to me.

Here you are again—entertaining angst.
Pull the plug on pain, my poet friend.

It’s getting hard to be someone but it all works out;
it doesn’t matter much to me.

Here you are again—entertaining angst.
Pull the plug on pain, my poet friend.

Hello, darkness, my old friend, I’ve come to talk to you again.
I cry for my darkness to come upon me.

Here you are again—entertaining angst.
Pull the plug on pain, my poet friend.

I have my books and my poetry to protect me.
I am shielded in my armor, hiding in my room.

Here you are again—entertaining angst.
Pull the plug on pain, my poet friend.

Hiding in my room, safe within my womb,
I touch no one, and no one touches me.

Here you are again—entertaining angst.
Pull the plug on pain, my poet friend.

Take me to the garrets where the artists have died.
If we’re all going somewhere, let’s get there soon.

Here you are again—entertaining angst.
Pull the plug on pain, my poet friend.

Just like the driftwood of a dream, left of the seashore of sleep.
Just like the words that wouldn’t rhyme, lost in the desert of time.

Here you are again—entertaining angst.
Pull the plug on pain, my poet friend.

The mist is slowly lifting, I can see the way ahead.
I don’t like this lonely feeling, it wasn’t meant to be this way.

Life isn’t meant to be that way, my poet friend

Music Lyrics:
The Beatles: Strawberry Fields Forever
Moody Blues: I Know You’re Out There Somewhere, Driftwood
Simon and Garfunkel: The Sound of Silence, I Am a Rock
Elton John: This Song Has No Title
Eric Clapton: Bad Influence

I didn’t expect to be able to post today, but when I first heard that the theme would be “unplugged,” I thought of an album of that title by Eric Clapton. This morning I plugged into some music to entertain me while doing chores and was struck by the lyrics from Simon and Garfunkel’s “I Am a Rock.” ( Yes, I’m really old.) These are the ones: “I have my books and my poetry to protect me.” I started paying attention and realized how an undertone of angst is a recurring theme in the poetry of song-writing. And thus, this Cento. If you want more information on this form, you’ll find it here. And please join us for Fred’s prompt at dVerse–Unplugged. But I’m glad I was plugged in to music this morning.

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21 thoughts on “Un-Plugging Poets

  1. Jamie Dedes says:

    A well-gathered poem and I love the them. Yes! Songs often involve angst or what Eckhart Tolle would call the “pain body.” And so it goes ….

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  2. Akila says:

    Loved the form and the refrain makes a connection in thoughts. wonderful!

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  3. Glenn Buttkus says:

    So many great 60’s ballads included poetry, Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, Jim Morrison–and my all-time favorite is, of course, Leonard Cohen, who is a poet first, songwriter/singer second. Love the form here, and to get unplugged by remembering these great lyrics is very creative; thanks 4 the memories.

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  4. Truedessa says:

    Victoria,
    I really enjoyed your take on the prompt and music fills the void in so many of us..writing lyrics or poetry helps ease the pain..thanks for sharing.

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  5. wolfsrosebud says:

    music a great motivator for this prompt… nice

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  6. David Eric Cummins says:

    This is brilliant, Victoria! I love it.

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  7. You made me smile when I read the couplets from songs I knew and loved. I like how you have written this Victoria.

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  8. Oh I would love to hear this set to music… So many great songs just have a good catch phrase and the rest simply doesen’t meet up. So picking up those good phrases we can definitely improve.
    And so many of the great music that is written in angst and pain… Another favorite in that matter is definitely Bob Dylan… On Friday I heard a cover of “one more cup of coffee” and it’s such a great song… fills my eyes with tears every time I hear it.

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  9. MarinaSofia says:

    What an original take on this – well done, Victoria! I’m off to hum now…

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  10. outstanding. Love the incorporation of lyrics with the repetitions throughout framing your words, great depth here Victoria, so glad you were able to post this tonight. Thanks

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  11. claudia says:

    singing against the angst…i get this… think it’s an excellent way to sort emotions and channel them…. pulling the plug on pain…really love what you did with this victoria

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  12. howanxious says:

    Yes, many of us(I do many times) channel our pain into our writing. if truth be said, my writing certainly improved during my dark days.
    I loved the refrains and the whole creation which tugged me at my heart.

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  13. And a rock feels no pain
    and an island never cries

    I had forgotten Simon and Garfunkel. Do you know ” Frank Lloyd Wright”
    Great song of theirs.Really enjoyed your poem Victoria. I’m off to find that song now and write a poem…Thank you for the inspiration!

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  14. kaykuala says:

    Cento, nice form to adopt later, yes, Victoria! Amazing that poetic talent can get inspired suddenly with just a nudge (this nudge is elusive to other mortals) Great wordcraft Ma’am!

    Hank

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  15. Heartafire says:

    Love this, very cool!

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  16. ManicDdaily says:

    So great to use the song lyrics- works so well–these are words that echo within anyone of a certain generation – so have a natural resonance that you use terrifically. Thanks, Victoria. k.

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  17. So true and so well said. I find in my trying times, I find solace in music. Songs that I normally sing without much thought in happier times, seem to speak more profoundly in sadder. The power of music to comfort, understand and heal is incredible…so glad you put words to my thoughts. ~peaceful weekend, Jason

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  18. Oh, Victoria! This is beautifully crafted.

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  19. brian miller says:

    like the driftwood of a dream, left of the seashore of sleep…ha, i like that…i wonder if poets and songwriters dont just channel those feelings we all have…and in some way we let out a bit of it as we write about it..a therapy…i know it is for me at times….cool approach using the cento as well…i like the songs….

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  20. what a perfect inter-locking of songs, feelings and beauty Victoria ! Marvelous plugging in!

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  21. Mary says:

    I do think that a lot of GOOD poetry and a lot of GOOD music is the stuff of pain — angst, loneliness, love endings, etc. Interestingly enough I was just listening to Simon and Garfunkel’s “Sound of Silence” on You-Tube. 1964!! But I was looking at the free concert in Central Park in 1981. That duo could really sing PAIN, and truthfully I enjoyed every moment of it. Ha. I don’t know what it is about poetry and music, but somehow I think it helps people if they read or hear about things they can nod their head to, empathize with. Well expressed, Victoria….now bring on more Simon and Garfunkel. How about “I am a Rock.”

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