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For the Sake of Rhymes

If music had taste yours would be tofu
Fills you up, but unsatisfying to chew
Let me tell you what I don't want,
Not the same ole same,
If I hear another Swift super-hit I swear I'm gonna lose it
Need something so diverse
That it don't feel like it could work
Hip-hop with a classical twist
Country that makes you clinch your fists
That mainstream tastes like tap
It makes me crave mountain spring
Don't need that gangsta rap
Where violence is it all it could mean
Going on about bangin' and hustlin'
Being chased by the cops
That ties together with 1-2-3 beats
And kid-friendly pop
Cause you judge music by popularity
I want something fresh even if it's bad
I'm desperate for originality!
Cause I'd rather make a beautiful mistake
Then stick to the script of this ordinary play
I'd rather fail epically at trying something different,
I wanna say that was mine!
I don't wanna just soar my way through,
Like a block of cheese on the assembly line
Music should be about freedom of expression
Nowadays it seems, it's a copy and paste nation
I have much more respect for the guitar man on the street
With a bucket full of nickels and dimes
Than the voices you hear everyday, like clockwork,
Bathing in the wealth for the sake of rhymes
What happened to the blood, sweat and tears?
Those tools artists used to use quite frequently, when making a jam
The radio once sang about true love and deepest fears.
Now it's like "write out a complete sentence, if you can"
Please don't strain yourself though, you just might be onto something
You just might be practicing an age-old equation, melody plus meaning
It equals YOU! isn't it obvious?
You might just be pouring out your heart,
And showing the world exactly who you are.
Are you saying it's a party every night, and it's all just a game?
Are you saying it's cool to be brain-dead if you got the money, is that your aim?
Don't leave yourself out of the hits you create
Cause it does matter, and there's little kids who look up to you
You have it in you to be great, for the love of God, don't procrastinate!
It isn't just records deals and labels, it's life and how you live it
Music shouldn't be organized and categorized, that spiel has gone far enough
Wouldn't you much rather be making a tune that plays into peoples lives...

... for the sake of love?

NOTE: I wrote about this topic before in Five Minutes Effort. But it's something I can really sink my teeth into and chose to give it another go.

Copyright © Timothy Hicks

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  1. Date: 5/10/2013 11:35:00 AM
    I loved this. Every poem I read from yours I strangely relate to. Now mind you...(don't kill me) I'm a Swiftie fan, but I totally get of having different songs and music that comes from the heart. Not for the money. It's the type of music like from the Oldies But Goodies that were soul and truths of the heart. Great poem!

    Hicks Avatar Timothy Hicks
    Date: 5/10/2013 10:44:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Don't worry I won't condemn you for being a Swift fan (at least not openly... KIDDING!). I just find a lot of artists are losing tracking of what music is supposed to be about. I know it's a livelihood and all... but I miss the days where lyrics told stories.
  1. Date: 5/6/2013 4:07:00 PM
    Music has always been personal preference. Some like what you don't, you like what others do not. It's a commercial business, they will put out whatever makes money. Thing is nowadays there are not the song writing groups there used to be, and music evolves all the time. Take care Richard

    Hicks Avatar Timothy Hicks
    Date: 5/6/2013 10:19:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Hopefully we'll start reverting back to the more meaningful and less commercial stuff soon :) I find it strange when musicians that make big hits don't even like their own songs...
  1. Date: 5/6/2013 8:16:00 AM
    I know usic plays a huge roll for you. We just had a house concert for My wife's nephew. Two nights, forty of my sons friends on Friday and about forty two of our friends on Saturday. Good food, wine and live music. It doesn't get much better. Look up Chris Ho Music. His latest CD is city of Dust. I think you would like his music. Crosses generations, great story teller. He has lots of videos on you-tube.

    Hicks Avatar Timothy Hicks
    Date: 5/6/2013 10:18:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I will look him up in the future for sure! Thanks for reading my second music-inspired piece.
  1. Date: 5/6/2013 5:39:00 AM
    This is a wonderful and glorious write my friend! I truly loved reading this enlightening poem this morning! What a tremendous piece, such a triumphant poem, Great Work!!

    Hicks Avatar Timothy Hicks
    Date: 5/6/2013 10:17:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks Russell.
  1. Date: 5/6/2013 4:33:00 AM
    Wow! I like this. Glad you gave it another go. Yes, in my day, music actually had meaning. It was actually a song that brought my hubby and me back together: "Seeing You Again" by Dan Fogelberg. We were silently sitting in a car waiting for others to come when this started to play. I made me start to cry. It made him wipe my tears...and the rest, as they history! Music is part of the fabric of life. Your write is awesome testament to that. Timothy! :)

    Hicks Avatar Timothy Hicks
    Date: 5/6/2013 10:17:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I just love to see people making music for music's sake (not fame and riches). That's so great that a song brought you back together... it's amazing what little things can do to make a BIG difference!