Haiku May flowers delight With help from gentle showers Roses are in bloom Copyright © 2021 Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing All Rights Reserved
Haiku As the darkness falls Some will remain on the beach Gazing at the stars Copyright © 2021 Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing All Rights Reserved
Good morning! It is Song Lyric Sunday again and this week our prompts are Heaven and Hell, courtesy of Amy from AI Music. Our host, Jim Adams, gave Amy the chance to inspire us once again. I’m sure there will be a great selection submitted today.
I have picked a favorite of mine called Heaven from Los Lonely Boys. It’s such a good song, the video is terrific and the song tugs on the heartstrings. Hope you enjoy it and have a great Sunday.
“Heaven” is the debut single of American rock band Los Lonely Boys.
Los Lonely Boys are 3 brothers from Texas. They are bilingual – some of the lyrics to this are in Spanish. Henry, Jojo and Ringo Garza, comprise the foundation of the band, and it appears on their multi-platinum self-titled album.
Guitarist Henry Garza wrote the lyrics as a prayer. When he was 18, his son died of sudden infant death syndrome (S.I.D.S). It’s about the pain he felt and wanting to escape this world and see his son.
Released as a single in mid-2004, “Heaven” reached the top 40 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart, peaking at 16 in August. Later that year, the song began a sixteen-week run at number one on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart in October. It was also a minor hit at country radio, where it peaked at number 46.
AllMusic reviewer Thom Jurek describes the song as “infectious” and draws comparisons to the music of Freddie King, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Los Lobos. He states that “Heaven” is “a single in the old sense of the word: killer hook, easy groove, a slippery but unmistakable bridge with a beautiful vocal to boot — all coming in under four minutes.”
The success of “Heaven” led to two Grammy Award nominations and one win for the band at the 47th Grammy Awards, held in early 2005. The song won in the category Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal, while Los Lonely Boys were nominated in the category Best New Artist, losing out to Maroon 5.
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LYRICS Vamonos! Save me from this prison Lord, help me get away Cause only you can save me now from this misery I've been lost in my own place, and I'm gettin' weary How far is heaven? And I know that I need to change my ways of livin' How far is heaven? Lord, can you tell me I've been locked up way too long in this crazy world How far is heaven? And I just keep on prayin', Lord, and just keep on livin' How far is heaven? Yeah, Lord, can you tell me? How far is heaven? (Cause I just gotta to show some faith, yeah) How far is heaven? (Yeah, Lord, can you tell me?) Tu que estas en alto cielo Echame tu bendicion Cause I know there's a better place than this place I'm living How far is heaven? So I just got to have some faith and just keep on giving How far is heaven? (Yeah, Lord, can you tell me?) How far is heaven? (Cause I just got to know how far, yeah) How far is heaven? (Yeah, Lord, can you tell me?) How far is heaven? (Cause I just gotta know how far) I just want to know how far Writer/s: HENRY GARZA, JOEY GARZA, RINGO GARZA Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind
Haiku The scent still lingers Orange blossoms will give way to the young citrus Copyright © 2021 Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing All Rights Reserved
Haiku Red tide is in the air People coughing and wheezing Difficult to breathe Copyright © 2021 Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing All Rights Reserved
Part 1 - Misunderstood (Prior Poem) 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
Part 2 - Insight What a difference a day can make The light in your eyes flickers ever so slightly A weight carried heavily on your weary shoulders is now a little lighter Shadows of a smile can be seen more often as hope returns to your closed heart Opening it wider to receive the good blessings being showered on you once more Friends never left you Remaining on the periphery of your life for when you needed them most Copyright © 2021 Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing All Rights Reserved Grace is hosting Meet at the Bar at D'Verse Poets tonight and has prompted us with a Palinode. A palinode or palinody is an ode or song that retracts or recants a view or sentiment to what the poet wrote in a previous poem. The writing challenge is to write a palinode. This can be in relation to a poem you have written before (please link or include prior poem), or as part of poem e.g. Palinode by Monica Youn. Image by Hier und jetzt endet leider meine Reise auf Pixabay 😢 from Pixabay
Senryu Enough is enough How much more can one soul take Before it will stop Copyright © 2021 Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing All Rights Reserved
Before you realize it the week has rolled around once more and it’s time for Linda G. Hill’s One Liner Wednesday. I found this on Pinterest and it made me laugh. I had never really thought about it before but it may just be true! What do you think?
Senryu Tiredness consumes me Sleepless nights have taken hold I can do no more Copyright © 2021 Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing All Rights Reserved
Every evening when the sun hangs low I go to the river’s edge to reminisce and cry It is there that we would sit and talk about anything and everything I had been besotted with her Since she has been lost to me Time has passed slowly And memories stay vivid Grateful, I sit and dream of how it might have been Before she disappeared without a trace I had loved her deeply Asking for her to marry me but she had resisted over and over Making excuses, needing time to think She had visited less after that day Avoiding me most likely I became despondent and sad Imploring her to come for a swim Just one more time I begged She reluctantly agreed and was a wary of me I did not pay much heed Once we were in the water I begged her marry me, please! She ignored my pleading I placed my hands on her shoulders pushing her down Holding her under the water Until she drowned Copyright © 2021 Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing All Rights Reserved Ingrid is guest host at D'Verse Poets tonight and has prompted us with Exploring the Narrative Voice. The challenge is to write a poem in the voice of a fictional character. It can be any character you like, and you can introduce it in your own voice if you choose (à la Coleridge, though I certainly wouldn’t insist on this) but the main body of the poem must be in the voice of your character. If you wish, you can write a dramatic monologue, such as My Last Duchess by Robert Browning; or create a spirit voice through whom your poem speaks, as in Stevie Smith’s The River God. The choice is yours: I want you to experiment with fiction in your poetry. I am presenting a reworked poem from 2018. I think it fits the prompt. Image by No-longer-here from Pixabay