Thursday, September 16, 2010

lyric [lir-ik]
having the form and musical quality of a song, and esp. the character of a songlike outpouring of the poet's own thoughts and feelings, as distinguished from epic and dramatic poetry
Synonyms include: words, verse, song

I wrote the song/poem below about two years ago upon a friend's request. He wanted to write a song and needed some lyrics. "What do you want it to be about?" I asked. "About ANYTHING," he said.

I used to write a lot of poetry back in the day. Mostly it was just venting exercised in the corniest and cheesiest of rhymes. I wrote about the usual topics in poetry; love (usually sad and angry verses) and life in general. With the advent of the blog and journal-writing, I never found any reason to want to write anything other than prose but sometimes you take advantage of inspiration when it arrives, as it doesn't arrive too often...

You Haul

I had a teacher tell me once
That life, sometimes, is fair
When everything
Hell, everyone
That brings you joy is there

But sometimes, well, what can you say
Unfairness always makes its way
And there, you’re left
With nothing but
A load of shit to haul away

So carry
So lift
The weight – it doesn’t matter
Show yourself you’re better
Than the burdens
That your aching shoulders will recall
Take pride in all the crap
You have to haul

That silver lining – yes, it’s there
It’s hard, sometimes, to see
When all the dirt
From all the hurt
Is a cloud of pain’s debris

But you soldier on, because you know
There must be something waiting
Another chance
Another dance
That’s there for compensating

You hate this share of lessons learned
It’s never how you wanna learn it
But in the end
You smile, my friend
Because you know you fought to earn it
~ A.L.B.G.

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