Haiku Wildflower beauty Covering the summer fields Carpet of color Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing ©
For Song Lyric Sunday, our host Jim Adams, prompted us with “ Clear, Dark and Light. There were so many songs to choose from we should have a great mix of songs to listen to and some pretty interesting backstories to read. My choice this week is “I Can See Clearly Now” written by Johnny Nash. I am including two videos, the original by Nash, and also Jimmy Cliff’s version which is more modern and was used in the movie Cool Runnings.
This is not a song about suicide, as has been hypothesized. It is a song of hope and courage for individuals who have experienced adversity in their lives but have overcome it.
This was the first reggae song to hit #1 on the Hot 100, where it stayed for four weeks late in 1972. The next reggae(ish) song to hit the top spot was Eric Clapton’s cover of Bob Marley’s “I Shot The Sheriff” in 1974, followed by “The Tide Is High” by Blondie in 1981.
Johnny Nash is a Texas singer/songwriter who recorded reggae-influenced music. In 1967 he went to Jamaica and recorded his song “Hold Me Tight” and a cover of Sam Cooke’s “Cupid” with a local rhythm section. Both songs became hits in Jamaica, and over the next two years also charted in England and the United States.
Nash had legitimate reggae credentials: Bob Marley (before he became crazy famous) was an assistant producer and session player on the album, and also wrote three of the songs, including “Stir It Up,” which became Nash’s next – and final – hit.
Nash wrote this song himself. He recorded it in London with members of The Average White Band, who in 1974 had a hit of their own with “Pick Up The Pieces.”
A cover version by Jimmy Cliff (for a time, a bigger reggae star than Bob Marley) went to #18 in the US in 1994. His version was used in the John Candy movie Cool Runnings, about the Jamaican bobsled team.
Courtesy of Songfacts
Lyrics I can see clearly now the rain is gone I can see all obstacles in my way Gone are the dark clouds that had me blind It's gonna be a bright (bright) Bright (bright) sunshiny day It's gonna be a bright (bright) Bright (bright) sunshiny day I think I can make it now the pain is gone All of the bad feelings have disappeared Here is that rainbow I've been praying for It's gonna be a bright (bright) Bright (bright) sunshiny day Look all around, there's nothing but blue skies Look straight ahead, there's nothing but blue skies I can see clearly now the rain is gone I can see all obstacles in my way Gone are the dark clouds that had me blind It's gonna be a bright (bright) Bright (bright) sunshiny day It's gonna be a bright (bright) Bright (bright) sunshiny day It's gonna be a bright (bright) Bright (bright) sunshiny day Oh what a bright (bright) Bright (bright) sunshiny day Writer/s: Johnny Nash Publisher: NASHCO MUSIC, INC. Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind
Haiku Delicate and sweet Fluttering butterfly wings A glimpse of beauty Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing ©
Haiku It comes with vengeance The eye of a hurricane Looking down on us Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing ©
Two black dogs pulling me forward The sensation in my head was fuzzy My direction wavered to the left to the right to the left again Can I make it across the bridge? I was flying on the back of a dolphin The ride was thrilling until the descent to ground Gravel in my knees stinging as I stared at the dog collar minus one dog Not a dream but light headedness and blackout Kissing the pavement before sending me to la-la land One patient dog sitting The other wrestled free and ate the grass Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing ©
Grace is hosting D’Verse Poets tonight and has prompted us with Stream of Consciousness writing. She explains that basically, its purpose is to emulate the passage of thought through your mind without any inhibitors. For that reason, sentences become longer, less organized and more sporadic in style. Its lack of structure is not for everybody, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t any order. Stream of consciousness permits deeper patterns of order to emerge, ones based on the genuine movement of information in your brain.
The Other Side
Hiding behind the mask I see you for who you are You, the benevolent one Generous because you can Money lights up the eyes of the taker Always hungry for more They see this side of you From here I see the other I know you better Cloaked in darkness The one who inflicts pain With words slashing and stealing Harvesting hearts To be placed like trophies on a shelf of despondency Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing © Sadje's What Do You See Photo Prompt Word Prompts Benevolent - Word of the Day Harvest - RDP Despondent - FOWC
Haiku A whipping wind blows Whistling through the naked trees Lifting leaves in air Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing ©
This post is in honor of the amazing Senator Kamala Harris who yesterday was chosen by Joe Biden as his Vice President and running mate. A great moment for women everywhere. Be brave, be strong and believe in yourself. Oh yes … and don’t forget to vote for them in November 👍
In response to Linda G. Hill’s One Liner Wednesday
Senryu Lazy summer days Feeling sand between my toes And sun tingling skin Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing ©