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For Joni Mitchell

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For Joni Mitchell

for joni mitchell...

wistful strands slipping by

of grounded dreams

that i once believed would fly...

strewn around this emptiness

where once there soared,
dreams, not of riches

but of simple happiness...

'both sides now' you sang,
from within

and from a feeling of being without

you moved me so, i cried, i laughed

i wanted to run into the falling rain and shout...

'its life's illusions that i recall' your voice soared and dipped and with life breathed

as every one of those words you sang

tore into me, as my very core seethed...

not with bitterness or loss or with feelings even vaguely sad

your words seethed and burned through me

igniting memories of this life i've shared...

with those who aren't illusions

of those who've embraced me

each time i've slipped and taken yet another fall...

for like you...

'i really don't know life at all'

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  1. Date: 3/7/2013 3:25:00 AM

    I love these lyrics of Joni's --the song makes so much sense. We make it a mission to try and understand life with the mission of trying to gain control.. but in the end, "it's just illusions I recall-- I really don't know life at all" My hero -- whose lyrics I find so profound is Kurt Cobain-- another tragic loss.

    Of Verses Avatar Scribbler Of Verses Date: 3/7/2013 4:02:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Gaan in Vrede, Kim!
    Of Verses Avatar Scribbler Of Verses Date: 3/7/2013 4:00:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Rest in Peace, Brother Kurt! "...What else should I be All apologies What else should I say Everyone is gay What else should I write I don't have the right What else should I be All apologies..." and this 'hits' me, every time ... "... All in all is all we are, All alone is all we all are? ..."
    Of Verses Avatar Scribbler Of Verses Date: 3/7/2013 3:54:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Yes, dear Kim, who can forget Kurt Cobain's pained voice singing the stinging lyrics of 'Come as you are' and 'Pennyroyal Tea' and one of my favourites of all-time 'All Apologies' ... Yes, indeed as you say, we may 'think' we're in control, but by golly, doesn't 'life' have a way of letting us know otherwise every so often! Stay well, fellow South African!