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Sunday, 26 June 2011

Sky was bright with the satellites

The title and first line are one line of a lyric - see below.


Sky was bright with the satellites
and dull with the radio.
The waves that splash upon these shores
we do not care to know.

Cosmic shock waves threaten us,
and still they do not thrill
with packages of photon power,
high energies that kill.

And U.V. rays and x-rays too,
though slightly less a threat,
accelerate our ageing
and bring the big regret.

Rays of radar, infra-red,
micro-wave and ultra-V
for ever swamp our world.
Thank God for light to see!

But think: if our eyes needed x-rays
or radio to see...
then what a change would come upon
revered reality!

Our night is bright with satellites
while Nature spooks the land:
so many things we cannot know
except at second hand.

The challenge (at Poetry Jam ) was to write a poem from a lyric or to incorporate the first line of the lyric in the poem. I chose the latter option. The full lyric is given below.

Lock It
by The Falling Joys

I gave you a necklace Purple and Blue
You took it so gently I felt see through
Sky was bright with the satellites

The Wire door slammed and the night began
We drank and were together
then you laughed at the sound of the crowd around....
Christ I really like

You Sat on the steps and we watched the View
The house was full but there was only you
Time was right because you told it to

You laughed at the way I moved around
You said my feet never hit the ground
I look away but then I couldn't move...

I really like you

Chorus
Take Me Home
Lock it Up
Take Me Home
Lock it Up

Hear the sound of the cars downtown
As a light house sweeps its arms around
Drive me home I wanna see you alone

Beaded so fine like Spanish wine
My gift is yours so read my mind
Let it be... See through me

Sat on the steps with thoughts of you
The house was full I couldn't move
Time was right because you told it to

I Really Like You Chorus Take Me Home Lock it Up Take Me Home Lock it Up

Chorus
Take Me Home
Lock it Up
Take Me Home
Lock it Up

I gave you a necklace Purple and Blue
You took it so gently I felt see through

Chorus
Take Me Home
Lock it Up
Take Me Home
Lock it Up

15 comments:

Jinksy said...

Our night is bright with satellites
while Nature spooks the land:
so many things we cannot know
except at second hand.

*smiles* at this one!

jabblog said...

'Sky was bright with the satellites
and dull with the radio' - you'd think it should be otherwise;-)

Heaven said...

Nice insight - if only we do away with all the high tech stuff (like satellites), we can really appreciate and listen to the simplicity and beauty of Mother Nature.

Nice to meet you at Poetry Jam ~

Brian Miller said...

ooo...nice play dave...i am unfamiliar with teh song as well so this was a double hit for me...i am much more nature than tech...

Bagman and Butler said...

Beautiful song!

Theodore Daniel Richards said...

maria and i watch for satellites too

Isabel Doyle said...

I like yours better ...

Helen said...

The lyrics of the song you chose are moving ~ I would love to hear the melody. Your poem is a great interpretation .......... so many things we cannot know except at second hand ~ yes!

Karen said...

I like yours better, too!

haikulovesongs said...

i love your poem! really scary to think about but i love your writing and the rhythm of the poem. i'm not familiar with the song but will have to check it out now. dani

Carl said...

Great poem and a topic I have often wondered about. Just what is the effect of all this wireless and radiowaves we are broadcasting everywhere but do not see.

Windsmoke. said...

Falling Joys are a fantastic Aussie indie band of the 80's & 90's sadly no longer together. Lock It is on their 1990 album Wish List a fine Aussie indie album indeed :-).

Enchanted Oak said...

So many ways of "seeing" and "hearing" ~ you've just boggled my mind for me.

Dave King said...

Jinksy
It's good to smile!

jabblog
It was radio waves I had in mind, not radios.

Heaven
Hi, Welcome to you, thanks for the comment. I couldn't agree with it more.

Brian
Yeah, me too, but high tech (especially) does impinge upon nature to such a degree now.

Bagman and Butler
I thought so. I heard it a bit back. Can't think why The Falling Joys are not better known/appreciated.

Theodore
Me too. I still remember the thrill of that first one.

Isabel
Wow! I'm embarrassed now, but much thanks.

Helen
Thanks for the comment. Very much appreciated.

Karen
What can I say? I try not to let it show, but again, thanks.

dani
A warm welcome to you and much appreciation for your comment.

Carl
Mmmm, I suppose the usual viiew is that with so much of the same coming from deep space and the sun, our bit can't make much difference. I remember a health lecturer at college being asked why he put such emphasis on background radiation when it amounted to less than that from a luminous watch. His reply was: "Not a lot of people go around with their luminous watch strappedd to their genitals!" I've always remembered that - I wonder why.

Windsmoke
Thanks for that. It partly explains why I did not know them. I rate "Lock It" very highly indeed.

Enchanted Oak
Not sure if I should be sorry or pleased... hope you unboggle it soon!

Mary said...

You really are a scientist, Dave. I so often appreciate your perspective.