A poem written sometime in the summer of 2010, untitled

I wrote these words
But you wouldn’t read them
So I sang a song
But you wouldn’t listen
Ironically, if I went Pop
Would you pay attention?
I know this isn’t easy to hear
But it isn’t easy to say
So you gotta listen–
Oh, you’re plugging your ears?
Look at my lips
You gotta read them
‘Cause I spent a year
Learning to speak properly
So just pay attention.

Our days are gone
We missed them
But you made me miss them
Time’s been wasted
Hell, it’s over
But you made it over
Before there was blame to share
It’s okay though you’re selfish
Take the blame, who cares
When it’s all your fault
Faulty, deaf, dumb, blind
You’re broken
You’re my broken record
But that’s okay
I’ll make you listen
Learn to read Braille
And pay attention.

Hear no evil
Speak no evil
See no evil
No wonder why
I found its sequel
When there’s plenty to go around
Plenty dished out and
Served in cocktails
Spun on turn-tables
Bon appetit
My bitter waiter–
I should know better
But then, even Adam
Ate the apple
For knowledge, wisdom
And still knew no bettter–
So here’s some wisdom
Just pay attention
I’ll only say this once
Pay attention
Okay twice
Pay attention
Pay attention
Oh God, I hate repetition.

4 responses to “A poem written sometime in the summer of 2010, untitled

  1. How is it you can write moving poetry and it isn’t cliché or melodramatic? Just saying. Anyway, in stanza three, I don’t personally think you need the word “why,” just a flow thing. But as a whole, it reads well, and is full of quick, witty phrases that make the whole poem not only fit together, but also add to the mood of the poem rather than expectedly taking the edge off. You never fail to produce something that is absolutely moving and catches me completely off-guard.

    • Haha, I always think I’m cliche and melodramatic, so I just stopped trying not to be. A lot of these older poems that I’ve uploaded recently I can say were written when in the moment, when I was very passionate about the subject matter. I think that allowed my portrayal to be more moving, definitely, but it also doesn’t help with the melodrama. Glad you didn’t find that to be the case, though!

      • I think that since the poem is so clever and has so many layers of interpretation, it doesn’t feel as melodramatic as it would if it was less developed and felt more like a rant than a well-formed poem. But you are so good at crafting words to make people think, so I don’t know that you’ll ever have that problem.

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