#Blogtoberfest Day 11: Poetry-Inspired Lyrics

The Flame, Leonard Cohen's last book of poetry (and more), arrives on Friday. I can't wait to read it, especially after reading some of the poems in the sample. I got the hard cover because some books should be read in print. I love that his songs started out as poems. My first song submitted … Continue reading #Blogtoberfest Day 11: Poetry-Inspired Lyrics

Blogging the Grief (#poem)

Tropical air breathing Lifts me when I'm grieving The death certificate arriving Reminds me I'm alive and thriving Those around me ignoring Dismissing me like that floors me I was here before them Who I am is without shame Their secrets they hide Until the day they died They dumped on me Instead of taking … Continue reading Blogging the Grief (#poem)

The Day I Died

According to my mother, I died the day she was called to school to speak to a counselor in my junior year of high school after moving from sunny Southern California to the gloomy, rainy, dreary grey skies of Oregon. She yanked me out of school, scaring me half out of my mind. I asked, … Continue reading The Day I Died

John Madison (#poem)

No planes, no trains, just automobiles A giant collage of a Ferris wheel Round and round goes the track Whirring dervishes give no slack Rum runners scurry in the night Grandpa’s Ford hides the blight Carving instruments in the day Passing down music to those without say Sleepless twilight trumpets my head Clock ticking and … Continue reading John Madison (#poem)

The Promised Land (#poem)

Tiny little towns lie in the Valley paved with gold Pickup trucks and cowboy boots lined with filth Rickety shacks and outdoor houses she didn’t have to choose Coats catching fire, coffee burns or so I’ve been told Two families from the same place take different paths to the Promised Land One chose north, the … Continue reading The Promised Land (#poem)

California Screaming (#poem)

Tom Petty sings about it, where life is messy A world without dads and cold spaghetti The California dream has its limitations In a land of make believe and illusions They looked at me with awe and envy I couldn’t complain, every day was Thanksgiving Seen through their eyes beyond their reach Me living a … Continue reading California Screaming (#poem)

Choices (#poem)

Swollen breasts strain against a t-shirt Ripe with motherhood questioning the future Young girl’s fingers caressing the keyboard Pimping music like a surgeon’s suture Life changing moments in an instant Can be swept away as if they never existed To have and to hold as life unfolds When your instincts scream “go, go, go!” Choices … Continue reading Choices (#poem)

Prime Country Music

One of my favorite stations on Sirius XM is Prime Country - the best of country music from the 80s and 90s. Well, I can personally testify about the power of country music from the 90s. That's when just about every restaurant/bar in the San Francisco Bay Area had a night set aside for country … Continue reading Prime Country Music

Nashville Season Finale: It Ain’t Yours to Throw Away

Finally! This was the Nashville finale I've been waiting for. After last week's happy family scene with Deacon, Maddie, and Rayna, onlooker Luke Wheeler wasn't about to let that happen. He proposed to Rayna onstage.Well, Deacon wasn't about to let hat happen, either, without a fight so he marched on over to Rayna's house and … Continue reading Nashville Season Finale: It Ain’t Yours to Throw Away