MUSIC IN A CLICHED DAY

I put on black eyeliner

And suddenly hear myself sing

“And I go back to black…”

Swear I see Amy Winehouse

Winking an iconic eye

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Splashing through the mud

Salvaging my rained-on laundry

Flapping on the clothes line

I belt out in best mezzo soprano

“Who’ll stop the rain…”

CCR always helping me feel sane

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Get my feelings hurt

On FB, of all things

Why are people mean

So out loud I sing

“That’s just the way it is

Some things will never change…”

Thanks, Bruce Hornsby, it is

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You, so cruel

You don’t care

Angry eyes like lasers

Silence screaming in my ears

“Tell me, when will I be loved…”

Linda Ronstadt’s voice pours through my tears

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Give me dozens of songs

And I can pervert the meanings

Make them the backdrop of

A daily life

But whether mundane or sad

About the good or the bad

Wouldn’t want to be without those lyrics

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So I think of the happiness in life

While I cook, clean, garden or write

And there’s one song that makes me believe

That living is always gonna be right

I loudly sing over the caws of the crows

“You can stand me up at the gates of hell

But I won’t back down,  no I’ll stand my ground…”

Tom Petty, your anthem gets me through…

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© 2021 Clarissa Simmens (ViataMaja)

IMAGE: ROCK & ROLL CARDS