Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Today’s prompt is one of musical ekphrasis. Ekphrastic poetry comments upon or is inspired by another work of art in a different medium. Most people think of it as a poem inspired by a painting or a sculpture. But it could also be music! To that end, I offer you three possible songs to inspire a poem: Ann Peebles’ I Can’t Stand the Rain, Joe Cocker’s cover of The Letter, and Lady Gaga’s countrified version of Born This Way.
THE EMBED IS NOT AVAILABLE BUT YOU CAN WATCH THE VIDEO BY COPYING AND PASTING THIS...
It turned out the train was faster than we thought
We had the notion that we would live forever
When in reality, our time was equal to those we rebelled against
And those we embraced, emulated, and often eulogize.
Some disappeared into the labyrinth of life
While others shone like stars
And we wrestle yet
With how to summon peace.