Haiku Loggerhead turtles Bringing joy to the snorkeler Who discovers them Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing ©
Great prompts for this week’s Song Lyric Sunday, hosted by Jim Adams. Cool, Freeze, Heat and Melt. There will be a lot of interesting songs chosen today. My pick is Girl on Fire from the fantastic and very talented Alicia Keys.
“Girl on Fire” is a song recorded by American singer-songwriter Alicia Keys for her fifth studio album of the same name. Keys co-wrote and co-produced the R&B ballad with Jeff Bhasker and Salaam Remi. The song contains an interpolation of the drums from the 1980 song “The Big Beat” by American rock guitarist Billy Squier, who received a writing credit on “Girl on Fire”. Released on September 4, 2012, as the lead single from the album of the same name, “Girl on Fire” is Keys’ first release under RCA Records following the closure of J Records, after a reorganization at Sony Music Entertainment.
“Girl on Fire” was inspired by Keys’ giving birth to her son Egypt and marriage to husband Swizz Beatz. Keys recorded a three-track suite for the song, consisting of the main version in addition to two remixes. The first remix, titled “Inferno”, adds two new verses from American hip hop artist Nicki Minaj, whilst the second mix titled “Bluelight” strips back the drums and piano leaving a sparse bass-led production and re-recorded “smokey” vocals. “Girl on Fire” opened to extremely positive reviews from critics, with many praising Keys’ vocals and the song’s production. Keys performed “Girl on Fire” for the first time at the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards on September 6, 2012, where she was joined by Minaj and American gymnastics gold-medalist Gabby Douglas. The song has sold over 4 million paid downloads in the United States.
The following January Alicia Keys changed the word slightly and performed the song as “Obama is on Fire” and played it at his second inauguration.
Lyrics She's just a girl, and she's on fire Hotter than a fantasy, longer like a highway She's living in a world, and it's on fire Feeling the catastrophe, but she knows she can fly away Oh, she got both feet on the ground And she's burning it down Oh, she got her head in the clouds And she's not backing down This girl is on fire This girl is on fire She's walking on fire This girl is on fire Looks like a girl, but she's a flame So bright, she can burn your eyes Better look the other way You can try but you'll never forget her name She's on top of the world Hottest of the hottest girls say Oh, we got our feet on the ground And we're burning it down Oh, got our head in the clouds And we're not coming down This girl is on fire This girl is on fire She's walking on fire This girl is on fire Everybody stands, as she goes by Cause they can see the flame that's in her eyes Watch her when she's lighting up the night Nobody knows that she's a lonely girl And it's a lonely world But she gon' let it burn, baby, burn, baby This girl is on fire This girl is on fire She's walking on fire This girl is on fire Oh, oh, oh, She's just a girl, and she's on fireWriter/s: Jeff Bhasker, Alicia Augello-Cook, Salaam Remi, Billy Squire, Nicki Minaj Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Universal Music Publishing Group, Spirit Music Group Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind
After the Storm
Geography of sands shifted by the storm forming a river through the dunes Water collected in a cerulean bay of calmness after the rage Angry winds sweeping seaweed and driftwood ashore Remnants of horseshoe crabs Laid to rest on a beachy grave Coffee-colored sea grasses Pliable and resilient Standing tall, now waving gently Resistant to the wind The ravages of nature’s anger Abolished Long gone leaving only silence Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing © In response to Sue Vincent’s Weekly Write/Photo Word Prompts Coffee - Stream of Conciousness River - Word of the Day Cerulean Bay - RDP Abolish - FOWC
Haiku Clear rippling water Slowly wearing away stones On the river bed Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing ©
Senryu Sitting down to write Words flow freely from my pen My thoughts laid to rest Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing ©
Haiku Long midsummer days The sunshine stays in the sky Stealing the darkness Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing ©
Good morning! Have you ever had a day like this? Sometimes it is so hard to make the right decision. Hope you have a great Wednesday.
In response to Linda G. Hill’s One Liner Wednesday.
Haiku The colorful blooms Of red Hibiscus bushes Hummingbird heaven Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing ©
The Legend of the Selkie
The land was calling He could hear it beckoning to his soul Come, come it cried Over and over Echoing through the shoal He followed the sounds through the waters deep until the beach he found Where he shed his sealskin taking on human form and laid there on the ground Breathless, resting on the sand Looking skyward to the sun Feeling the warmth of the glow A shadow crossed his eyes and he did see an outline of a beautiful female torso As he struggled to get up the girl held out her hand “Come with me”, she said Mesmerized he complied “You and I belong together and we will surely wed” He hid away his Selkie skin in a place so secret no one would ever look He lived happily in human form with his beautiful bride but curiosity is all it took She found his sealskin one fateful day in its hiding place The legend came true He did leave her there, alone with her own good grace The sea called him back to where he did belong leaving her broken-hearted The Selkie returned from whence he came to the ocean uncharted Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing © Whimsy Gizmo is hosting D'Verse Poets tonight and has prompted us with Legends of Mermaids, Sirens and Selkies. I had prepviously written a poem about the Legend of the Selkie and wanted to share it again with you tonight. You can learn more about The Legend of the Selkie here
Now is the Time
One more blue-black bruise on society One too many The beast has been unleashed Voices heard Strength in numbers taking to the streets Waking the silent Unmasking the blind A united voice heard by deaf ears Heads previously buried in the sand resurrected A time of change Power in the hands of the peaceful oppressed The dark days are numbered One man’s breath choked from his body Yet his words I can’t breathe I can’t breathe I can’t breathe will live in infamy and be carried on wings of soaring birds His voice stolen but we speak for him, for all Now is the time Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing © In response to Sue Vincent's Weekly Write/Photo #Blacklivesmatter