How Many More Must Die? – Walter Wallace, Jr.

How Many More Must Die?

Your words
laid dormant
in your throat 
Trapped, unsafe
to release like a
cocooned butterfly
in harsh conditions
unable to escape
its prison
as doing so
would be unsafe
Your sounds, that
of pain and frustration
Not violence
Your illness was
not a crime
Needing help
and understanding
The color of your skin
extraneous
Yet misread
and calculated 
as dangerous
You died from
their hatred, power
and systemic racism,
not fear
Fear is their
convenient crutch
Worn away from
over use
They looked you in the eye
With fire power pointed
at your heart
Ordering you to drop
a knife
When you did not
acquiesce
you were not
wounded or restrained
You were murdered
before your
grieving family
What is one more?
Two more?
Many, many more?
Enough, it is enough
we cry!
They refuse to hear
We shout our protests
but to be heard
we have to become
like them …
 
… then they will listen
 

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

Written in memory of Walter Wallace Jr.,
a young African American man suffering from Bipolar Disorder, who was killed by police in Philadelphia
on Monday, October 26, 2020.
#BLM

Bjorn is hosting Open Link Night at D'Verse Poets

Fools’ Folly

Fools’ Folly

A connection
electrically charged
Stopping both
in their tracks
Hearts pierced by arrows
short circuiting brains
Stupid smiles
with gibberish speech
Foolish decisions made
and caution thrown
carelessly to the winds
Castle built on sand
with foundations weak
The house of love
no more than a folly
Pretty on the outside
empty on the inside
Completely useless
and a waste of time
 
 
Copyright © 2020 Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing
All Rights Reserved

Lisa is hosting D'Verse Poets tonight and
she has prompted us with the word 'Folly'

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Song Lyric Sunday – Witchy Woman and One-Trick Pony

This week Jim Adams has given us some Halloween prompts for Song Lyric Sunday. They are Ghost, Pumpkin, Trick, Treat and Witch. I have gone with a couple of my favorites, “Witchy Woman” by the Eagles and “One Trick Pony” by Paul Simon. I like both of these songs very much and couldn’t decide with one to go with. In all likelihood both songs could be chosen multiple times! We will have to see.

Eagles guitarist Bernie Leadon started writing this song when he was a member of The Flying Burrito Brothers. Once Bernie joined the Eagles, he and Don Henley finished the song in Eagles fashion. It was one of the first songs Henley wrote.

Leadon and Henley wrote this about a number of women they had met. It is not meant to portray the woman as devilish, but as more of a seductress.

“The Eagles” was the group’s first album. It was produced by Glyn Johns, an Englishman who had previously worked with The Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin. They recorded it at Olympic Studios in London in just three weeks; the group became far less efficient over time – their 1979 album The Long Run took more than two years to make.

According to the liner notes for “The Very Best of the Eagles”, the song originated with guitarist Bernie Leadon playing a “strange, minor-key riff that sounded sort of like a Hollywood movie version of Indian music.” The song’s lyrics didn’t develop until Henley went down with a flu and high fever while he was reading a book about Zelda Fitzgerald. “I think that figured into the mix somehow – along with amorphous images of girls I had met at the Whisky and the Troubadour,” he recalled.

Lyrics

Raven hair and ruby lips
Sparks fly from her fingertips
Echoed voices in the night
She's a restless spirit on an endless flight

Woo hoo, witchy woman
See how high she flies
Woo hoo, witchy woman
She got the moon in her eye

She held me spellbound in the night
Dancing shadows and firelight
Crazy laughter in another room
And she drove herself to madness with a silver spoon

Woo hoo, witchy woman
See how high she flies
Woo hoo, witchy woman
She got the moon in her eye

Well, I know you want a lover
Let me tell you, brother
She's been sleeping in the devil's bed
And there's some rumours going round, someone's underground
She can rock you in the night-time 'til your skin turns red

Woo hoo, witchy woman
See how high she flies
Woo hoo, witchy woman
She got the moon in her eye
Writer/s: Don Henley, Bernie Leadon 
Publisher: Warner Chappell Music, Inc.,
Cass County Music/Wisteria Music/Privet Music,
Universal Music Publishing Group
Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

The song was on the album One-Trick Pony, Paul Simon’s fifth solo studio album, was released in 1980. It was Simon’s first album for Warner Brothers’ Records, and his first new studio album since 1975’s Still Crazy After All These Years.  His back catalog from Columbia Records would also move to Warner Bros. as a result of his signing with the label.

The album was released concurrently with the film of the same name, in which Simon also starred. Despite their similarities, the album and film are musically distinct: each features different versions of the same songs, as well as certain songs that appear exclusively on either the film or the album. The album is best known for the Grammy-nominated track “Late In The Evening” which was a hit for Simon in 1980, peaking at No. 6 in the United States. The title track was also released as a single and became a U.S. Top 40 hit. Both songs were also Top 20 hits on the U.S. Adult Contemporary chart. Two of the tracks (the title song and “Ace in the Hole”) were recorded live at the Agora Theater and Ballroom in Cleveland, Ohio in September 1979. The rest are studio cuts.

Several session musicians appearing on the album also appeared in the movie as the character Jonah’s backing band: Eric Gale on lead guitar, Richard Tee on piano, Ronny Levin on bass, and Steve Gadd on drums. Simon toured Europe and America in 1980 with this band in support of the album, with one concert from Philadelphia recorded on video and released on VHS under the title “Paul Simon In Concert”, then subsequently on DVD under 2 different titles for the same concert footage (“Live at the Tower Theatre” and “Live from Philadelphia”).

In 2004, One-Trick Pony was remastered and re-released by Warner Bros. Records. This reissue contains four bonus tracks, including “Soft Parachutes” and “Spiral Highway” (an early version of “How the Heart Approaches What It Yearns”) both of which were featured in the film but were missing from the original album release. Also included in the re-release were the outtake of “All Because of You” (an early version of “Oh Marion” that would also spawn “God Bless the Absentee”) and “Stranded in a Limousine”, which originally appeared on the 1977 compilation Greatest Hits, Etc.

Lyrics

He's a one-trick pony
One trick is all that horse can do
He does, one trick only
It's the principal source of his revenue
But when he steps into the spotlight
You can feel the heat of his heart
Come rising through

See how he dances
See how he loops from side to side
See how he prances
The way his hooves just seem to glide
He's just a one-trick pony, that's all he is,
But he turn that trick with pride

He makes it
Look so easy, it looks so clean
He moves like God's immaculate machine
He makes me
Think about, all these extra moves I've made
And all this herky-jerky motion
And the bag of tricks it takes
To get me through my working day
One-trick pony

He's a one-trick pony
He either fails or he succeeds
He gives his, testimony
Then he relaxes in the weeds
He's got one trick to last a lifetime
But that's all a pony needs

UYeah, that's all he needs
Looks so easy, it looks so clean
He moves like God's immaculate machine
He makes me
Think about, all these extra moves I make
And all this herky-jerky motion
And the bag of tricks it takes
To get me through my working day
One-trick pony
One-trick pony
One-trick pony
One-trick pony
One-trick pony

Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Paul Simon
One Trick Pony ('Live') lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group


Misunderstood

Misunderstood

Your eyes no longer hide the truth
They have become the lens
to your dark soul
The bitterness written
between the lines of your face
Chiseled deep into the crevices
where it now resides
Dragging the once curve of a smile
into a permanent scowl
The magnitude of your suffering
living on display for all to see
Your strange, misunderstood past
responsible for a demeanor 
that pushes friendship away
Making it impossible for anyone
to come close so they might
know more of your story and pain



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

Word Prompts
Beginning with “M” - Stream of Consciousness
Magnitude - FOWC
Strange - RDP

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