Monday, November 13, 2006

Poem inspired by a song - Screaming through December

This is a poem inspired by a Daryl Hall and John Oates song, Screaming Through December.

When we were younger, we sought comfort in numbers, we thought friendships would last forever. Some do, but most don't. Because each individual has his own dreams and aspirations (or lack of it), paths diverge. And what are left of these friendships are fragmented memories.

A year does go by.
What a difference twelve months
can make when you are living
a hundred years in one.

words by Daryl Hall, from "Screaming Through December", from the album War Babies

Daryl Hall & John Oates
image by dsnake1, from a scan of a jacket cover


we had sworn to be brothers
but it was not to be.

a span of a few years
flashed like a lifetime
and how we changed.

like shards
from a shattering beer mug
we tumbled

in different ways.
some sold their soul
for the gleam of gold.

one caged by heroin
and paid the price.
some angry, some disillusioned

and me
fell for love
for a wonderful woman

and have
not regretted


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Blogger Medusa aka expiringpoet said...

Whatever happened to Hall and Oates huh? I grew up listening to their songs and still play them until today! Nothing like the bands of the 80s :)
Did you like their other songs like:

-Promise Ain't Enough?
-Everytime you go away
-Don't Hold back your love
-So Close
-You've lost that lovin feelin?
-Starting all over again

Anyway, it's hard to find that rare friend who stays the course of life with you. Most will just let the friendship slide but if you find one who still cares even though it's been 15 years down the road since you said that 1st hello, then treasure it and treasure it and never ever let it go.

Tnx for this lovely post :)

13 November, 2006 00:46  
Blogger polona said...

i can relate to that. beautiful poem!
(not sure i'm familiar with Screaming Through December... will have to check it out)

13 November, 2006 04:41  
Blogger Raghav said...

i like the way it ends.
thats my story too.

13 November, 2006 17:01  
Blogger dsnake1 said...

hey medusa,
glad you listen to Hall & Oates too. yah, nothing like the bands of the 80's (and 70's). i like 'everytime you go away' and ' you've lost that lovin feelin'. You should listen to "Sarah smile", beautiful harmony. and the lyrics for "August day" is very poetic.

"it's hard to find that rare friend who stays the course of life with you. " : very true, more so in these hectic times, under this climate.

hi polona,
thank you! This song is from their album "War Babies", (1974, a long time back!). at one time i was crazy about this song. :)

hello raghav!
thanks for visiting. that's your story too? how nice!

you have an interesting blog too. :)

13 November, 2006 20:53  
Blogger Pat Paulk said...

Well, some of us think there's nothing like the bands of the 80's, 70's, 60's and late 50's. But then some of us are older. Sounds to me like you came out best of all!!

14 November, 2006 08:14  
Blogger floots said...

the list of those we've lost
tends to become longer than the list of those we have
but that makes them all the more valuable
nice one
thank you

15 November, 2006 03:16  
Blogger dsnake1 said...

i'm not that young too. :) but the music of that era is defining.

yes, it certainly makes them all the more valuable.

15 November, 2006 09:21  
Blogger GEL said...

I remember their music...
I think we all discover the passages and stages of friendship as we mature. I treasure the friends who are still close. I feel sad for the ones that is the case no longer, but it is better to let go than be false.

20 November, 2006 23:40  
Blogger dsnake1 said...

hello gel,
thank you!
you are so right. sometimes when the differences in opinions and interests are so wide between friends, it is best to go separate paths.

21 November, 2006 22:24  
Blogger kittyn said...


only one thing though... thought "and I" would be better than "and me"??

23 November, 2006 20:08  
Blogger dsnake1 said...

hi kittyn,
thanks for your suggestion! it does sound better. :)

25 November, 2006 16:49  

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