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Thursday, September 29, 2016

Poetry Corner: Nina Gordon/Universe Truths

I re-discovered Nina Gordon, who was bury in my CD collection; no case, or CD artwork, but stuck in the middle of my binder of CDs with no case/artwork. (Don't ask, I was silly stupid in the early 2000s).
Borrowed from Ancient Explorers
One little question and I remember why I love Tonight and The Rest of My Life, the title track to the album of the same name. When it came out it was a force to be reckoned with Nina's vocals. I didn't catch it when it came in 2000. There was something haunting about the music, and yet Nina was speaking of truths, which I wouldn't get until 2016, so sixteen years later. Feeling joy in something simple, and enjoying that feeling. It might have stemmed from something sad, or frustrating, but there is a joy is finding your personal truths.

After asking this question, I pulled "Tonight..." up on youtube and gave it a listen, and then I listened a few more times. I was compelled to find my CD, realized that it had been a few years since listening to it. I saw  much more within "Tonight's..." track and the rest of the album, something I missed on prior listens.

I set about to write while "Tonight..." played. I have discovered that I tap into deeper creative outlets, rivulets and reservoirs with music. Often I stick to instrumental music, Celtic, Afro-Celtic (Ladysmith Black Mambazo), Asian (12 Girls Band), Hawaiian, but there are times that lyrical music (songs with words) will spark an idea. "Tonight..." did that, and I wanted to share with you, Dear Readers some of my universe poetry; one is silly and one is surreal, which I think works on at least one level. Mine! :-)

This post is dedicated for one person, just because. Thanks James!

Factoid: Nina Gordon was in the late nineties band, Veruca Salt.

Universal Cookbook

Have you ever thought,
what makes a world?
A cosmic soup
of gas,
and a spark.
Seems so simple,
like making a batch of no-bakes,
but really,
How do make a world?
Measuring the ingredients,
with a pinch of Carbon
and a dash I Nitrogen,
mix well, while pre-set the oven
to 350 degrees
for what?
a few billion years?
Let set for several thousands years,
and maybe it'll be ready
to be served with
a side of Sun and Moon,
and four seasons.
Then, maybe,
just maybe,
your earth will be ready to join the
like a giant macrocosm bake sale.

Universe Truths

Like dust,
covering everything--
the universal is dusty,
though, nothing like faerie 
or pixie ,
when I am covered
I can see all--
a clarity 
riding in crests
foaming waves upon seas--
or deeply turned earth,
loam from which
all things return--
or blazing infernos
orangey golden,
and I can see the universe
roiling and churning,
making civilasation soup
out from which we,
humanity is birth
to make great things,
and lies,
art and 
Everything is what can 
be, within the universe,
the heavens,

Do you like to listen to music, podcast, TV, radio while writing, Dear Readers? I think I asked this question before, but I am always curious to know what my readers like to listen to while writing, or at least what do you listen to when relaxing (or doing housework, etc.)? Leave me a comment below, and catch you on the flip....

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