BREAKUP

FLUNKING GEOMETRY

Perpendicular grid
Reminds me of that
Old Geometry mnemonic:
X to the left, Y to the sky
Yes, you’ve zoomed up the matrix
Not reacting to the psi
While I struggle along
Fire-in-a-trench route
Round and round
We intersected, briefly
At the point of origin
Held my breath
Hoping you’d want to try
Being a coordinate pair
Before you floated into the air
But you never acknowledged me
We continued on
Relentless geometric graph
Never to say hello
Though I whispered goodbye…

(c) 2018 Clarissa Simmens (ViataMaja)
IMAGE:AMULETS: Math, Travel & Music

UKULELE LYRICS #353 (POOLS) with experimental chords

(THE CHORDS SO FAR…DESPERATELY NEED TO FIND A MUSIC TEACHER!)

C/Forcing me to look into your F/eyes

F/Knew something not quite C/right

C/Swimming in your ominous F/pools

F/Feeling the pulse of a C/song

A/You, you said you C/love me

A/In love, you C/said

F/Whispered in a star-tossed C/bed

F/Me, refusing to give away C/power

Dm/Yet so worn down from your demand:

  

*Fm7/(“Do you, do you love me C/true  ???”)

 

Dm/The truth always shines through  C/I do

C/What a night, me and Dm/you

F/Swimming in dark pools of

C/Unbearable delight

F/Only to drown in reluctant C/dawn

A/You took your pools

A/I felt a C/fool

C/Gone, gone your hypnotic F/eyes

C/Leaving me floundering

C/In your F/lies

 

*Fm7/No one to hear my wounded C/cries

 

A/Now in pools, dead as F/jet mourning C/jewels

C/Barricading the last image

F/Shape-shifting into  C/a ghost

F/Pools deep as the A/sloping sands

A/Of a continental C/shelf

C/Pools hiding hazards F/unknown

F/To a naïve but desperate C/soul

C/Who took the chance of diving F/into

F/ frigid waters of possibili  C/ty

A/Despite swirling in blood-red

C/Whirlpools

 

*Fm7/I want to die from the lie

Fm7/Knowing, now, that I’d been

Fm7/so wrong about Dm/you…

 

*supposedly alternate chord for Fmaj7 ukulele 5500 (G-5, C-5, E-0, A-0)

(c) 2017 Clarissa Simmens (ViataMaja) (poem and ukulele chords)

 

#9 FOREVER

 

Palm-sized

Box of mystery

Found half under the bed

Swollen with humidity

Slid the lid with effort

Crystal number nine

Prismed from fake light

At first I smiled

Thinking of John Lennon

Intoning “Number Nine Dream”

But then hesitated

What can it mean?

 

The Tao Te Ching says:

“To retreat after a job well done

Is heaven’s way”

Did you leave?

Was I your well-done job?

The I Ching says:

“Small influences

In a receding tide”

How similar the two are

No doubt now

You are gone

One last chance

The Tarot says:

“Nine is the Hermit

Only alone can one seek

The answer”

No!  I know the question

Only with you could I find the answer

 

To hide the staring emptiness

I flick the light to dark

Left-handed waning crescent

Barely illuminating

Our once moon-struck bedroom

Safe starship buoyantly braving

The fourth dimension

But time’s clock stopped at nine

And now you are gone…

 

© Clarissa Simmens (ViataMaja)

 

 

WHOSE IDEA WAS THIS HOLIDAY ANYWAY?

 

*scroll down for a YouTube video*

 

Clickin’ and lookin’

Through my MP3

For the best-ever

Valentine song to share

Wow! What a collection

Of love songs

In my RCA

One inch by two inch

Holy grail of

Musical tales

With endless wailing

And I think about you

On this day, remembering

You were determined to

Take, break, have at

A PIECE OF MY HEART

Although I asked

Why can’t you PUT A LITTLE LOVE IN YOUR HEART?

So you handed me something on the saint’s day

Heavy like lead, and

Inside the HEART SHAPED BOX

Barely beat my rupturing GYPSY HEART

Tapping out the rhythm to the word “run”

It was a TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE HEART

And I knew

You

Would never

STOP DRAGGIN’ MY HEART AROUND

Always a HEART BREAKER

And I helplessly watched

As my HEART OF GLASS

Shattered noiselessly

To the floor…

 

© 2017 Clarissa Simmens (ViataMaja)

 

https://youtu.be/iJb7cBfrxbo  (Janis understood)

 

IRRECONCILABLE

(wrote and posted the poem in December. Now it is chorded for ukulele)

SO GLAD I CAN LAUGH AT MYSELF.  ALL OF MY SONGS ARE STARTING TO SOUND THE SAME.  SIGH…BUT I’M HAVING FUN ANYWAY

 

G/The alluring variance of C/light

C/Delightful dawn to mystical Am/night

 

Am/Get-serious workaday C/sun

C/Incandescent moon signifying G/fun

 

G7/Winter solstice shortest F/day

F/Summer solstice, eternal Am/play

 

Dm/Sizzling lightning sparks the F/rains

F/Yet mist silences while vision G7/strains

 

G/Morning music like a C/hymn

C/But atonal hints surface to the Am/brim

 

Am/Our love hot as an ungrounded C/wire

C/Losing you becomes unending hell’s G/fire

 

G7/Sun will always rise, will always F/set

F/How many moons until I can Am/forget?

 

Dm/Me! Me! Fighting misan  F/thropy!

F/Trusting no one, how can this G7/be?

 

Dm/Terrible contempt through shadows C/creep

C/Strangling sweetness, in twilight Dm/sleep…

 

© 2016-17 Clarissa Simmens (ViataMaja)

Image: Space Wallpaper: Swirl of Dust and Incandescence

 

 

 

WORK-IN-PROGRESS UKULELE LYRICS #353 (POOLS)

Forcing me to look into your eyes

Knew something not quite right

Swimming in your ominous pools

Feeling the pulse of a song

You, you said you love me

In love, you said

Whispered in a star-tossed bed

Me, refusing to give away my anemic power

But worn down (“Do you, do you love me???”)

Admitted the truth

I do

What a night

Me and you

Swimming in dark pools of

Unbearable delight

Only to drown in reluctant dawn

You took your pools

I felt a fool

Gone, gone your hypnotic eyes

Leaving me floundering

In your lies

No one to hear my wounded cries

Now in pools

Dead as jet mourning jewels

Barricading the last image

Of one about to be a ghost

Pools deep as the sloping sands

Of a continental shelf

Pools hiding hazards unknown

To a naïve but desperate woman

Who took the chance of diving

Into the frigid waters of possibility

Despite swirling in blood-red

Whirlpools

I want to die from the lie

Knowing, now,

That I’d been so wrong

About you…

© 2016 Clarissa Simmens (ViataMaja)

IMAGE: DARK WATER, RGBstock.com

FAINT…FADING

 

No matter where in the world you were

I always felt your life force

Now it’s fading

I try to hold on

Heat-seek

But no

The cord/chord connecting us

Now severed in the cold moonlit night

My wish

Although we will never be together

Is that you are not gone from this life

That you are

Still directing that force

Even if the heat is for someone else…

 

© 2016 Clarissa Simmens

IMAGE: sutratma silver cord

DISINTEGRATION

 

Changing, changing,

Sixth sense sounding

Like a warning siren

Me, like the Earth,

Fracked into fragments

Pieces of ice

Like spilled trays from the freezer

Broken up

Reflecting burning

UV rays from fiery space

Water leaking over

An aging landscape

The elements rebelling

Changing, changing,

Nothing will ever be the same…

 

© 2016 Clarissa Simmens (ViataMaja)

IMAGE: Break up of Arctic, Discover Magazine Blog

 

 

GRAVEROBBER

 

Mercilessly you snatched my body

I’d carefully buried my heart

Secreted in soul-murdered soil

But under the callous moon

You heard the feeble beat

Begging for disinterment

Suiting your purpose

Reviving it merely

On a cruel whim

And then tossing it

Into your biohazard bag

Of bloody, loveless tokens…

 

© 2016 Clarissa Simmens (ViataMaja)

IMAGE: The Graverobber (no artist noted)

ARDOR

I thought that

If you were mine

I’d sizzle oceans

Letting you rest

In the hot tub of my love

After meeting you I knew

Tumbling into a different world

A place to remain safe

Encased in warmth and passion

Three days of nakedness

Of our souls, our skin

Riding a comet, forgetting

That the radiation of space

Burns like the sun on

A cloudy beach day

A burn so incinerating

Producing fever and pain

But I loved you when

You were a collection of pixels

Loved you more when we met

Love you still now that you

Melted out of my life…

(c) 2014 ViataMaja, Laminas