john lennon


I like to think
That Jimi-Janis-Jim
All J’s
All 27
And, well, let’s add John
Older, but still a J
And then Kurt
27, but one letter over
And, yeah, Amy also 27
I like to think
They all transmigrated
And don’t remember
But because their music is
It would play
On the radio everyday
Or come up first on an internet search
As THE song of the singer
And one day they’d stop
Then shrug and think
Deja Vu
(I know, a misused word)
But when they sit still and listen
A feeling of happiness
Of love
For the music and words
Of maybe
Purple Haze
Kozmic Blues
Riders on the Storm
Smells Like Teen Spirit
Back to Black
And although they may not be
Singers, musicians, songwriters
This time
They are in the right place
To hear and see
Results of their legacy
So all you people
Born after their deaths
Have a one in a–
Well, I was never good at Math
But a one in a something chance
Of housing a musical soul
Maybe we would all appreciate life
If we thought of who we may have been
Of who we will be
Sometimes so hard
To love ourselves the proper way
I define the proper way
As loving oneself
And by extension
Without the intention of doing harm
Love fully
Love non-violently
All we really do need is love…

(c) 2018 Clarissa Simmens (ViataMaja)
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Was it Joe Campbell

Who said we need a


Or we’d go insane?

Think of all the

Modern myths in our lives

Resounding in songs

Gems like

“We could be married

And then we’d be happy”

Hey, thanks, Beach Boys

LOVE the lie

I wonder if John Lennon

Is rocking around paradise


“Imagine all the people

Living life in peace”

His desire didn’t save him

Oh, it’s easy to go on and on

Especially if you’ve

Grown up as a Baby Boomer

Thousands of lyrics

Weaving a mythology

As tightly macrame’d

As a 1970’s plant hanger

No less important

Than the Greek or Roman

Stories passed down

And you know what?

I wouldn’t have traded

Any of those words

And melodies

For anything else

Balms of timeless honey

Keeping the sanity

Along with Santa and the

Easter Bunny

So when The Beatles sing

“All you need is love”

I still believe…


© 2016 Clarissa Simmens (ViataMaja)