Senryu Learning to temper thoughts of anger toward you I feel much stronger Copyright © 2020 Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing All Rights Reserved
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.
Haiku The stars cast no light on a dark and moody night when the moon is absent Copyright © 2020 Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing All Rights Reserved
Haiku The sky is purple Blue awash with setting sun Colors of the night Copyright © 2020 Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing All Rights Reserved
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
Senryu Intimate moments Stolen and shared between two Cherished forever Copyright © 2020 Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing All Rights Reserved
Senryu Stumbling in the dark impossible to find peace Love is in the light Copyright © 2020 Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing All Rights Reserved
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.
Senryu Silent raindrops soak like tears shed on a pillow when hearts are broken Copyright © 2020 Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing All Rights Reserved
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