Month: December 2019

Aura

Aura

Her aura red
with shades of blue
and gold
Bringing love
and positivity
signifying
a higher love
waiting for me
 
The calming
influences
she brings to me
in a cup
from which
I drink thirstily
with passion
for what will come
 
 
 Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing ©

In response to Sue Vincent's Weekly Write/Photo

Finish Line

Finish Line

The light at the end
of the tunnel
comes into view 
under a guiding star
An end and
a beginning
I now know
where we are
 
Unwavering
and resolute
with an open eye
on the prize
The finish line nears
A fugacious year ends
Leaving us more wise
 
 
Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing ©

Word Prompts:
Star - Word of the Day
Fugacious - RDP
Open - FOWC


Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay 

Song Lyric Sunday – Crazy

Our last prompt of 2019 for Song Lyric Sunday, hosted by Jim Adams, is “Crazy“. There are a lot of crazy songs out there but I have chosen a favorite of mine called Crazy by Gnarls Barkley.

I have selected two videos of this song. One is the official music video and the other a version of the song performed at Live from Darryl’s House. Darryl being Darryl Hall of Hall & Oates. His shows are very cool and you can see them on the AXS channel. In this particular video Cee-Lo Green of Gnarls Barkley was his guest artist. I think you’ll like it.

This song is about losing your mind and diving into insanity, which the Cee-Lo Green of Gnarls Barkley finds is not all bad. Speaking at a BMI conference, he explained the inspiration for the song: “It was ’04, I was going through a divorce, I did not have a deal – things were bleak at the time and I was going through a personal trial. But it was an opportunity to be expressive. Danger Mouse’s production compelled me into a deep retrospection, and I really appreciate him for that because with him, I knew that my misery had some company, because his music was so miserably brilliant and beautiful to me. It was the sound of my soul. If you could have taken a picture of it, it would have resembled this internal chaos.”

Going along with the theme of the song, the music video is done in the style of the Rorschach test, a method of psychological testing whereby patients identify shapes and images they see in inkblots. It was directed by Robert Hales, who used an ink theme in the video for Jet’s Are you going to be my Girl. In the clip, Cee-Lo and Danger Mouse appear throughout morphing inkblots, designed by art director Bryan Louie.

Gnarls Barkley is producer Danger Mouse (Brian Burton) and vocalist Cee-Lo Green (Thomas Callaway). Danger Mouse produced The Gorillaz album Demon Days; Cee-Lo was in Goodie Mob. The name “Gnarls Barkley” is a play on “Charles Barkley,” who is a Hall Of Fame basketball player and an outspoken commentator. The moniker came up in a conversation between Danger Mouse and some of his friends when they were throwing out weird ideas for band names.

In a 2006 interview with The New York Times, Danger Mouse said: “I brought in a song that I felt was a complete Ennio Morricone ripoff, (Morricone is a composer of spaghetti-western scores) but Cee-Lo and I started talking, and I somehow got off on this tangent about how people won’t take an artist seriously unless they’re insane. And we were saying that if we really wanted this album to work, the best move would be to just kill ourselves. That’s how audiences think; it’s retarded. So we started jokingly discussing ways in which we could make people think we were crazy. We talked about this for hours, and then I went home. But while I was away, Cee-Lo took that conversation and made it into ‘Crazy,’ which we recorded in one take. That’s the whole story. The lyrics are his interpretation of that conversation.”

This song was leaked on the Internet and became a very popular download when it was released in England, sending it to #1 on the UK charts.


Lyrics

I remember when
I remember, I remember when I lost my mind
There was something so pleasant about that place
Even your emotions have an echo in so much space

And when you're out there, without care
Yeah I was out of touch
But it wasn't because I didn't know enough
I just knew too much

Does that make me crazy?
Does that make me crazy?
Does that make me crazy?
Possibly

And I hope that you are having the time of your life
But think twice
That's my only advice

Come on now, who do you
Who do you, who do you
Who do you think you are?
Ha ha ha, bless your soul
You really think you're in control?
Well

I think you're crazy
I think you're crazy
I think you're crazy
Just like me

My heroes had the heart
To lose their lives out on a limb
And all I remember, is thinking
I wanna be like them
Mmhmm ever since I was little
Ever since I was little it looked like fun
And it's no coincidence I've come
And I can die when I'm done

But maybe I'm crazy
Maybe you're crazy
Maybe we're crazy
Probably ooh hmm

Writer/s: Brian Joseph Burton, Gian Pero Reverberi,
Gianfranco Reverberi, Thomas Decarlo Callaway
Publisher: Warner Chappell Music, Inc., Universal
Music Publishing Group, Downtown Music Publishing,
Songtrust Ave, BMG Rights Management,
Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC,
Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.
Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind



Enough Already

Enough Already

A year wished
to be forgotten
from the first
January day
Testing strength
and perseverance
Love and hate
An existence put
on hiatus while
hidden horrors
played Russian roulette
with hearts and minds
Slaves to medicines
and opinions                            
Mixed feelings haunting
and undermining 
Toying and tricking
Tripping and taunting
with theoretical tripe
Praying for this
year to end
 
 Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing ©

Word Prompts:

Year - Stream of Consciousness
Hiatus - Word of the Day
Theoretical - FOWC
Mixed Feelings - RDP


Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay 

Love is More

Love is More

As surely as a brook
will babble
or an eagle soar
or a candle 
blows in the wind
Love for you
remains certain,
unwavering
 
It is sometimes
fraught with tension
or filled with anger
as we wrestle
existential pressures
Yet it is strong
Perpetual and everlasting
in its uniqueness 
 
Often misunderstood
and disregarded
as blindness
by those who
stand in judgement
and cast doubt
on its worthiness 
What do they know?
 
They perceive love
as only tender and giving,
quiet and soft
Complete harmony
But love is more
It is challenging
with opposing forces
that fiercely bring change 
 
In the aftermath
comes growth
New realities
and possibilities
Continually evolving
Teasing, exciting
as its foundation
strengthens
 
 
 Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing ©

Word Prompts
Caught up with Christmas festivities this week
meant my poetry took a back seat so some of
the prompts are from earlier.
Happy New Year!

Babble - Word of the Day Tuesday
Fraught - FOWC - Tuesday
Candle - RDP - Tuesday
Aftermath - RDP - Friday

Image by prettysleepy1 from Pixabay 
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