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Thursday, 23 May 2013

Night and Day


FROM mindlove misery the intriguing suggestion that we use as inspiration a song from the decade of our birth. For me that's the thirties and I have chosen Night and Day by Cole Porter. You can read the lyrics here. My offering takes the form of a reply to Cole Porter -- from a very different world, of course.

You can keep, keep, keep your tom toms,
their beat is not for me
the beat, beat, beat I appreciate
is the heart beat of the free,
and the drip, drip, drip of the raindrops
has very little to do
with the fact that I love a world made for love,
at the head of which stands you.

Night and Day
you are the one I love,
the one who rides above
every storm-kissed wave.

Night and Day
we'll be but two,
not two alone,
but out in the world
where our love was grown.

Night and Day
we'll be just two
with a mission to save
whatever the cost
what is not yet lost.

It's the beat, beat, beat of a yearning
for a world that is slipping away,
and you and I must share, my love,
in preserving our future's day.

17 comments:

mindlovemisery said...

The is a fantastic David, I absolutely love the rhytym and texture of the poem it gives it not only an amazing atmospheric vibe which I can visualize clearly but it also allows me to really hear the sound of your words in musical form. Its a very cool and very gorgeous piece.

I am listening to the song write now =)

inkineticapoetry said...

Great use of the prompt really like the flow

Tabor said...

What an interesting idea and clever take on it. I am always surprised at your version.

Mary said...

This is a new style for you, Dave. I enjoyed the playfulness with the Cole Porter song. it is a rhythmic read with a nice message. Favorite lines:

I love a world made for love,
at the head of which stands you.

Brian Miller said...

nice....really like the repetition in this...and cool rhythm man...you give form to that longing as well...cole porter is a great choice...mary nailed my fav lines in this.

Ygraine said...

This is fabulous!
It really should be set to music...it flows so beautifully and with such rhythm.
It would be the perfect tribute to Cole Porter's "Night and Day".
I love this.:)

Helen said...

Dave, I have lost count of how many times I've read your poem! Transported to another time, I'm one decade behind you .. those were the days, my friend.

Helen said...

... p.s. ~~ 'behind' doesn't sound quite right. You were ahead of me though ... I should have simply said the 40's.

Poet Laundry said...

I especially enjoyed that first stanza! Great work Dave :-)

booguloo said...

That was fun.

Tommaso Gervasutti said...

Beautiful answer. And even though my decade is the fifties I remember the song.

Heaven said...

Beautiful Dave, specially the opening verse ~ there is a rhythm as I read it out loud ~

A Cuban In London said...

I love, love, love your poem. It's got rhythm and chutzpah. Many thanks.

Greetings from London.

Vanessa V Kilmer said...

I heard Cole Porter in each refrain. Your poem felt like a call to arms to me.

Dave King said...

Thanks Everyone as always for your most encouraging comments. I never cease to be amazed at the positives you manage to uncover, even in work about which I may be harbouring doubts. The poems are usually hot off the brain and I too close to them to make a reasoned judgement, so it is particularly good to have your feedback at such a time (whatever it may be).

mindlovemisery said...

Hi Dave the latest prompt is up if you want to participate again I very much enjoyed having you!

Jinksy said...

Poems hot off the brain are usually the ones I enjoy most! Here's to many more of 'em...