one

syncopated rhythmical fusion

soup-soul divination style funk

the beats’ got this beat man

both ways up and inside out

skin flippin back trackin groove

and you got me asking always

‘where’s the one?’

 

without even a blink of a skip

of a beat of a heart in time you

smile that smile that knowingly

speaks a phrase I have heard so

many times but never understood

until now this upbeat epiphany

is birthed in my consciousness

 

‘it’s everywhere man’

and BOOM that silence explodes

that void becomes visible for a flash

of an instant that is gone before I can

even think about it’s sublime existence

as memory born(e) on wings of free –

form in the moment musical bliss

 

thanks to Gillena for suggesting this might work as spoken word. Here’s a slightly wonky online recording. Must get better kit.

https://clyp.it/lhf1nxr2/widget

It’s NaPoWriMo 2018…Pen a poem every day for the month of April…This is not a joke 😉

I’ll be hanging with the Toads all month

See ya on the trail x

Focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it.

Greg Anderson

 

14 thoughts on “one

  1. kim881 says:

    Sucha rhythmical bouncing poem, Paul. I couldn’t help but think of Animal from The Muppets when I read the first stanza, But as the poem progressed, Animal disappeared and it turned into a love poem – so cleverly and beautifully done!

  2. Kerry says:

    Happy trails indeed, Paul.. here we are in April once again, at the start of a journey to who knows where. I read your poem as a reply to Marley’s One Love, which seems all the more apt in this century he never lived to see. To be honest, it always brings tears to my eyes to see his smiling face – what a beacon it was. And you said it so well;

    without even a blink of a skip
    of a beat of a heart in time you
    smile that smile that knowingly
    speaks…

  3. sanaarizvi says:

    Love this especially “without even a blink of a skip of a beat of a heart in time you smile that smile that knowingly speak.” Beautifully penned.

  4. Marian says:

    Ahhh… the beats. I dig this from start to finish and particularly love this:

    without even a blink of a skip
    of a beat of a heart in time you
    smile that smile that knowingly
    speaks a phrase I have heard so
    many times but never understood
    until now

  5. isadoragruye says:

    Groovy, man! Read outlaid, this one really zips and the rhythm works so very well. I especially like how you used prepositions and a scattering of simple word choices to drive the message through your lines. Well done and viva la!

  6. gillena says:

    We have a form here in Trinidad and Tobago, called ‘Spoken Word’. Poems which are written for voice and meant to be spoken. I think your poem fits into this form absolutely

    Happy Easter

    Much😇love

  7. Jim says:

    You too Paul, it must be catching, this ‘Ear Worm’ thing. I liked best when you got down, “now this upbeat epiphany is birthed in my consciousness.”
    ..

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