Poem created in response to Poetic Bloomings’ “An Entertaining Summer” Poem-A-Day event
Day 18, July 18th
Prompt: Endless Summer
“What would you ask if you had just one question?”
I actually like the whole song as one piece…What if God was one of us? Living the daily grind – going to work, driving or bussing, dealing with idiots, trying to make a buck to buy some grub and keep a roof over his head. The other line I almost used was “If God had a face…and would you want to see if seeing meant you would have to believe…” How would you react, especially if you weren’t already a believer. Ultimately, though, I went with “What would you ask…?” Every time I listen to this song, I ponder that. What would I ask? I could probably come up with a lot of questions that I’d think were important to know and I never really come up with my “Final Answer.” It is a great thought provoker and I think that’s why I like this song so much.
“And I’m here to prove to you
that we can party on the positive side
and pump positive vibes”
I like to have a good time as much as the next guy, but I’ve never touched an illegal drug and never smoked cigarettes. I can’t say I’ve never drunk alcohol to excess, but that was never my goal for the evening. If you need to get trashed or high or do “bad, bad things”, the partying and such are likely just escape mechanisms and you need some help. A positive attitude can’t fix everything, but it’s a good place to start. I also like the ‘positive vibes.’ Pop music and culture can certainly use a shot in the arm from the positivity fairy.
“Then he shifts those ocean eyes back to me”
This whole song has great metaphors, but my favorite is ‘ocean eyes.’ Not only does it convey them being blue, but that the singer is drawn to them, loses herself while staring into them, that they convey an openness.
“Here we are now entertain us”
To be honest, I had to look up the lyrics. I like this song for the music and I can . Most of the time I can’t make out what he’s singing, which is why Weird Al’s parody had the line “Can you tell me, what I’m singing?” At first glance, it also looks like a bunch of gibberish, but it more a song of contradictions and angst which is fitting since this song was a huge part of “The Grunge” scene becoming big as a generation of spoiled, entitled, self-important, kids were hitting high school and college. The line is a perfect depiction of their attitude that the country somehow owes them for being born.
“Things are only as important
As I want them to be”
The line says it all, right? This is how I choose to live my life. Unafraid. We all get pinged by anxiety now and then, but, ultimately, we have choices and we allow fear to rule us… what will happen if I don’t pay a bill, what if I tell the boss what he/she doesn’t want to hear, what if my kid has a learning disability, what if my wife has a chronic illness, etc., etc. Well, the choices may be difficult, but how you react to them shows what you’re really made of -it speaks volumes about you. You can dwell on the down side or fear consequences or you can stand tall, face down your boogeymen, and make the best of each situation, each choice…decide what’s important to you and those you care about.
“If you don’t like what you see here
get the funk out”
Again, not much interpretation required with this one. Bad attitudes aren’t welcome here. I’ll leave it to you to determine where “here” is…home, work, country? As far as I’m concerned, if you don’t like it, don’t let the door hit you in the ass on your way out.
“What is this feeling taking over?
Thinking no one could open the door
Surprise, it’s time, to feel what’s real “
Yes, I’m a romantic. I love Love. I also believe that many people who have trouble finding love are those who spend so much effort looking for it. Then there are the others…those who’ve been hurt in a relationship, who thought they were in love, but it fizzled…so now they try to keep a shield of some sort around their heart to prevent that happening again. That shield can be any number of things -work, activities, friends, pets, etc.- but, eventually, the right person will break down/open the door. I fully believe in soul mates and for anyone in this category who’s reading this post, I’m sure there is someone, somewhere meant for you… and their soul is longing to find yours, as well.