I haven’t written a poem in quite a while. Decided to take a nap today and while pondering a great many things, one started to come to me, and I decided to fight to a draw and write down a couple of lines then sleep while I had time, and the poem won.
Here it is. Still working on the title though, so a victory for procrastination!
When wearily I lay down to rest
The answers to the universe come to me
The secret of life just about to be revealed
A peaceful moment brings a sense of clarity
History dwelled upon uncovers hidden truths
Like a dream everything is in my power, possible,
Has been unknowingly under my control for ages
And the instructions for the machinery are all clear
It isn’t just imagination but understanding, for I am awake
Foolish insecurities vanish into confidence
And everything is so pleasantly obvious
That just as
I am ready
To wake up,
P.S. The spark not just of inspiration but of action here was a realization that almost the only thing that ever pulled me out of bed when I have ideas at these moments is music. I can and have written notes to myself on paper or my phone or my pad over the years, though not often enough, but when a song comes to me * and grows beyond a verse into a chorus, I’d feel like I needed to rescue that moment from oblivion; so I would arise and go to a piano or guitar or just my songbook and often end up sketching out an entire song in fifteen minutes to an hour, usually with chords included. “Who needs sleep?” but also “who can sleep?” with a song stuck on your head.
Still, why music? A simple matter of two against one (words and music vs. sleepy/lazy me). Plus I always love music, but don’t always love having songs stuck in my head.
* “A song comes to me.” What an arrogant, incomplete and inaccurate description of a multi-faceted process with its myriad of possible avenues of inspiration. Sometimes it’s a flash, from stray thought or deliberate one, and sometimes it takes years, literally, for the shape to even start resembling a song. Yeah, but songs come to me. And being able to recognize them in all their forms is pretty great.
Also this gives me the idea for a song….