Deep Connection – A Haibun

Deep Connection

It’s been 20 years since that cold wintery day I had to let go of my Thoroughbred, Magnum.  He had been my friend, my team mate and my confidant for many years but sadly he had developed severe laminitis. A condition which made it difficult for him to walk, resulting in a life-ending decision.  

It was truly heartbreaking to have my vet come and euthanize my horse and I will always be grateful for his kindness and thoughtfulness in making arrangements to have the body removed while I was at work.  I think seeing it would have been too painful to watch.

Later in the day I returned to the stables to remove my tack and belongings.  I walked into Magnum’s stall one more time and looked out into the pasture.  Sitting just outside his stall was a cat as white as pure snow.  I had never seen it before and it just sat there and looked at me for a long time.  It held my gaze for what seemed like an age and then it just ran away.  I remember reading somewhere that white animals appear as spirit guides after a death.  Perhaps it was helping him on his way.

You look in my eyes
and see deep into my soul
knowing I need you
 
 
Copyright © 2020 Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing
All Rights Reserved

Kim is hosting Monday Haibun at D’Verse Poets and has prompted us as follows:

This week, I would like you to write about a time when you last watched stars, a storm, the sea, an animal, or something else in nature that left you with a sense of wonder or awe. Aim to write no more than three tight paragraphs, followed by a traditional haiku that includes reference to a season.

Image by Madison Buening from Pixabay 

Song Lyric Sunday – Easy Lover

This week’s prompts for Song Lyric Sunday, hosted by Jim Adams, are Fiancé/Husband/Lover/Wife. I found plenty of Lover songs but not too many for the other categories so I chose to to go with ‘Easy Lover’ by Phil Collins and Phillip Bailey (Earth, Wind and Fire). I loved this collaboration when I first heard it back in the 80s and it was fun to rediscover it this week. I hope you enjoy it too along with the great video of two performers having fun.

Phil Collins sang on this with Bailey, who is a vocalist with Earth, Wind & Fire. Collins produced and played drums on Chinese Wall, and after recording the album, he and bass player Nathan East agreed that it didn’t have a song with enough commercial appeal to release as a single, so they sat down and wrote “Easy Lover.” It does not have deep lyrical content: The song is about a captivating woman who cannot be tamed.

Philip Bailey revealed the story behind the song in Musician magazine: “Phil and Nathan were playing around with a riff on the piano and I was walking around singing ‘Choosy Lover’ over the piano chords. We worked on it all day and put a rough version of it down on tape. The next day we said, ‘let’s check it out so we can go in and record it.’ When we heard it, we realized there was nothing wrong with it. We tried doing it again, but we kept the original.”

Phil Collins told his side of the story when he spoke with Rolling Stone in 2016. Said Collins: “I always loved Earth, Wind & Fire, and in 1984 I was asked if I would produce Philip Bailey’s solo album. People were leaning on him, racially – ‘Don’t come back with a white album. You’re one of us.’ So Philip got Nathan East to play on it also. We hit some rocky ground early on, but we worked everything out. Near the end of the sessions, Philip said, ‘We haven’t written anything together on this album.’

So we just started having a jam one night, and went round and round and turned it into a verse and a chorus. We recorded it that night so we wouldn’t forget it. That song doesn’t sound like any particular era. It’s just fantastic. The hip-hop brigade fell in love with me after ‘Easy Lover.’ They were like, ‘Where’d that come from? That ain’t black music and that ain’t white music. That’s kind of an interesting color of beige.'”

The video won the 1985 MTV award for Best Overall Performance.

Phil Collins doesn’t get a lot of play in dance clubs, but this song did pretty well in discos, which often played a remix by John Potoker that was released as a 12″ single in 1984. Potoker, who later did a remix of “Sussudio,” and also Peter Gabriel’s “Sledgehammer,” incorporated a drum track into the mix that Collins had used as a guide track.

Courtesy of Songfacts

Lyrics

Easy lover
She'll get a hold on you believe it
Like no other
Before you know it you'll be on your knees
She's an easy lover
She'll take your heart but you won't feel it
She's like no other
And I'm just trying to make you see

She's the kind of girl you dream of
Dream of keeping hold of
You'd better forget it
You'll never get it
She will play around and leave you
Leave you and deceive you
Better forget it
Oh you'll regret it

No you'll never change her, so leave it, leave it
Get out quick 'cause seeing is believing
It's the only way
You'll ever know

Easy lover
She'll get a hold on you believe it
Like no other
Before you know it you'll be on your knees
She's an easy lover
She'll take your heart but you won't feel it
She's like no other
And I'm just trying to make you see

You're the one that wants to hold her
Hold her and control her
You'd better forget it
You'll never get it
For she'll say there's no other
Till she finds another
Better forget it
Oh you'll regret it

And don't try to change her, just leave it, leave it
You're not the only one, ooh seeing is believing
It's the only way
You'll ever know, oh

No don't try to change her, just leave it, leave it
You're not the only one, ooh seeing is believing
It's the only way
You'll ever know, oh

She's an easy lover (she's a easy lover)
She'll get a hold on you believe it (get a hold on you)
(She's) like no other
Before you know it you'll be on your knees
(you'll be down on your knees)
She's an easy lover
She'll take your heart but you won't feel it
(you won't feel it)
She's like no other
And I'm just trying to make you see (trying to make you see

Writer/s: Philip James Bailey, Phil Collins, Nathan East 
Publisher: CONCORD MUSIC PUBLISHING LLC,
THE BICYCLE MUSIC COMPANY
Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

New Beginnings – A Tanka

New Beginnings

As winds start to blow
Autumn takes the last flower 
Dropping withered seeds
Back to hardened, fallow earth
Destined to be born again


Copyright © 2020 Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing
All Rights Reserved


Frank Tassone is hosting D’Verse Poets tonight
and has prompted us with Jisei (Japanese Death Poems)

Jisei were often written in waka (tanka) or haiku, but death poems are not restricted to those forms. What is essential is the expression of both imminent death and the significance of life in the face of it. In this sense, Jisei is the poetry of both memorial and celebration.





One Liner Wednesday

Just when you think this year can’t get any longer or more chaotic, the soon-to-be ex President Bone Spurs, comes up with yet one more sweeping action to dismantle this democracy. If he can’t have the power, then nobody can have the power. If he doesn’t get his way, then he will just burn the house down. I am so sick of him and his deconstruction of the administrative state. Please just go away already or prepare for the New York Southern District to haul you away in handcuffs on the afternoon of January 20th. They are waiting for you.

Hope you all have a great Wednesday! Patience is a virtue 😦

In response to Linda G. Hill’s One Liner Wednesday – Torture

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