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War & Hope

on June 13, 2012

As many of you know, one of my favorite things to do (other than snapping photos of everything in sight) is to write poetry/lyrics. Poetry seems to come easier to me than lyrics do, but every now and then I’ll work to practice my lyric skills just to kill time in hopes of getting better. Sometimes I do a little thing I call “lacing” – basically “lyric tracing.”

My father is a very good artist, and when asked how he got so good at drawing, his typical response is “I traced a lot when I was a kid.” While I normally shrugged that golden nugget of advice off, one day it got me thinking – could the same be applied to other types of art? Thus, lacing was born (or rather, just put into practice by me.) First, I pick a song who’s tune and lyrics I find interesting, and then I trace! I work to write a song within their boundaries. So I “color within the lines” so to speak. In no way do I think I own any of the songs I lace, or try to make some sort of profit from the product I create. It’s just a simple, fun activity that helps me study music 🙂 Now, why did I just take forever explaining that to you? Well, because I’m about to show you an example, of course! I wanted to make sure we were both on the same page before I bombard you with words. Enjoy my take on Shinedown’s If You Only Knew (totally different lyric meaning, and sadly without the epic rocker voice.)

War & Hope

Prison bars

They can’t contain the thoughts that slowly eat me away

The policeman’s car

Could drive my mind a million miles north and I’d still be plagued

I can’t remember the last time the good guys won

Under the flaming sun

Sun

Sun (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The clock strikes ten

And I’m here again

Fighting a burning chest with fire till I melt down

In need of some snow

To rain down some hope

My bones are charred and weak

I’m losing my reasons to fight anymore

What am I fighting for?

A widow’s cries

Resonating, tears are her only source of silver

Kryptonite

Kills every superman in town, fear never fails to deliver

I hurt for the child with no shoes

The man who lives roofless, hope at this point seems hopeless

The clock strikes ten

And I’m here again

Fighting a burning chest with fire till I melt down

In need of some snow

To rain down some hope

My bones are charred and weak

I’m losing my reasons to fight anymore

What am I fighting for?

Am I the one to fight this war?

The oppressed and the orphaned grieve my soul

Emotions shout, not sure how to help them out

The clock strikes ten

And I’m here again

Empathy running deep, I mourn for all suffering

All I really care to know

That there’s a glimmer hope

Refuge is reaching out

I’ll clean up my wounds just to fight a little more

Fight a little more

For you I will fight a little more

Declare to the world this is war

Because it’s worth fighting for

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4 responses to “War & Hope

  1. Mondrak says:

    The type of poetry I usually come out with is silly rhyming stuff that is either crude or aimed at kids 😉

    Yours are great, as are your photos.

    Also, thanks for stopping by my blog.

  2. Prashant says:

    thas a humble and bright blog you’ve got !
    Thanks for stopping by mine !

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