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That’s the last task on the Itinerary
Not how I was to you
But, how you were to me.

Do we part as lovers or strangers?
Tell me, mine is not the last face I shall see.

I feel your arms around me as I lay in bed
And die, with the dream of your caress.


Writer, Blogger, Kate Bush Fanatic

20 thoughts on “Agenda

  1. And you are a poet! With a bit of a broken heart, I sense. This is beautiful, and I hope writing it has helped you in some way. Writing about relationship pain can be therapeutic.

    1. Thank you! Always beyond pleased to receive positive criticism from genuine poets! Poetry comes to me once in a blue moon. This was inspired by, well, my current loneliness and Iggy Pop’s “Success” constantly running through my head. “In the last ditch, I’ll think of you” is such a romantic line!

      1. Well, even if it’s rare, it’s lovely.

        Romance from Iggy Pop, that’s awesome:) Welcome inspiration, from anywhere at all. I’m on an Elton John thing right now. So many love songs….

      2. Oh, Elton John. Plenty of classics there, but “I want love” is so close to my heart and soul. And at the time, Robert Downey Jr. doing the video made it all the more special.

    1. I am not a natural poet either! It is WordPress’s fault really, which gave me more “likes” for a poem I wrote on tea (which also had a Mrs. Doyle gif to go with it!) than it gives me for my regular essays. Since then, I have sometimes ventured into it, and it does get better with practice. Though you can’t really force it out of yourself.
      I am better with song lyrics myself. You should try it. It is so much better to hum something or be inspired by something musical. Like, this poem was inspired by this line from Iggy Pop’s “Success” – “In the last ditch, I’ll think of you”. Weird, I know. But I find it romantic!

      1. Mrs. Doyle? Ah go on, go on and have a cuppa tea! Perhaps I will try it. I did one free form style of writing for a blog I did about the Temptations, but it wasn’t a poem per se. The one thing about immersing myself into all these blogs, and taking a course is that I am very serious about writing and blogging now. I want it all now basically and am so energized to be trying new things so poetry might be the next logical step.

      2. So tempting to be writing lyrically while writing about the Temptations! It’s the simplest lyrics that seem so impossible to write! But, even the greats start with “I’ve got sunshine on a cloudy day…” You should definitely try it, and it is more likely to happen when you write without agenda. My poem on tea simply came from recognising my love for it. Here’s the poem, if you’re interested

      3. I think I read that one but I am going to check it out right now anyway just in case. What you say is very true. Simple words, simple music, simple photography can sometimes speak volumes more than the most grand ones. I will try it. Something to while away the winter nights perhaps! Here is my Temptations post if you are interested-

      4. I recently realised it while reading the sheet music to “All My Loving”. Just a few adjacent notes going up and down, and yet McCartney comes up with a classic for all eternity, not just fans of rock and roll music. Which is why it is so easy for people to play Beatles music, but never come up with anything as good. As Tagore said, it is very difficult to be simple.

      5. Indeed, that is a perfect line. I think music that is too complex turns me off quite often. Not always, but for me complexity should not be above a song having a balance to it, a converging of sounds that all meet. Versus a complex sound that goes nowhere because all the other elements are forgotten. Great points as usual. I love these conversations we have. I truly find them stimulating!

      6. Exactly! It sort of made me a little angry towards Lennon and McCartney towards the end of the Beatles run, because they wanted to fire both Starr and Harrison for not being “complex” enough. Both Starr and Harrison have said they only gave what the song needed and played feelingly (which is why Starr has said numerous times that he often couldn’t repeat what he had played on a specific track in a studio). Harrison too could be as impressive as he wanted to be, but it really wouldn’t have done much service to those Lennon and McCartney songs had Keith Moon and Eric Clapton played on all of them instead. I feel the other two band members understood the Beatles sound better than the songwriters!

      7. And the ironic thing there is that Harrison as lead guitarist usually came up with so many of those great riffs and Ringo is a drummers drummer. Always just what was needed. Have you seen that clip of other drummers paying tribute to Ringo’s style? It really reveals how good he is and how wrong people like a guy I once knew who said Ringo sucked were lol!

      8. No, I haven’t seen it. I shall defend Ringo’s style and George’s as well, till my dying day! McCartney did give them credit after a while. I was really touched when McCartney admitted after George’s death that everything that was good about “And I love her” was due to George, not him. Really, George took a slip of a melody and some really bad lyrics and took it to impossible heights!

    1. That was a well-deserved tribute! They had me worried though, when they kept referring to him in the past tense! And it is interesting to see drummers trying to replicate his sound, but never being able to do it exactly. Great that it started with “Rain”. He said somewhere that it’s his favourite to play.

      1. It is remarkable to see that they all recognized the uniqueness of his playing, and hearing other drummers demonstrate it…that dirty cymbal sound the one guy showed, and his preference of use of tom toms was interesting.

      2. Ringo always said that other drummers get what he does, even if other musicians and critics don’t. I think him and George were unfairly criticized, even by their band members, because being showy rockstars was the new thing. Mick Jagger said that though The Beatles disbanded before arena rock happened ( I am so grateful they never went to Woodstock!), their sound just wouldn’t have worked in something like that. They could do it separately though, but their collective magic was totally unique.

      3. Thankful they didn’t play their either but by then they had not played live shows in quite some time. I respond to musicians musicians. My other favorite drummer is a guy called Dave Mattacks who has played for everyone over the years and has Ringo’s kind of touch and feel for drumming.

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