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Do You have a Song?

When Whitman said
make your life a song,
had he spoken to old whalers?
Did they tell him of nights becalmed
on a pacific salty sea,
when no sound of lapping waves,
or rope stressed wood,
could interfere with the silence in the hold?
Did they tell of a time beyond sleep
long after the oil lamps were shut down?
When the silence of the briny deep
was broken by the eerie songs of whales,
oozing through the wooden walls.
Did they know, then, what they heard,
or did they talk in hushed tones
as ancient seamen did,
of harpies and sirens and
devils of the deep.
Did some say, "Those are our prey."
and recognize the song
and even familiar melodies and laments
from earlier seasons spent
plying these same seas.
Short songs and long songs,
and new songs built upon old songs,
pod songs and fractal songs,
and interminable songs of pain
and love songs that can be heard
by those who hear
from one edge of the basin
of the sea, under to the other edge.
Do you have a song?
Have you worked on it each season?
Is it short and repetitious
or have you worked to improve its sound
each turning of the moon?
Is it deep and subtle?
Does it provoke a laugh?
Would I recognize it far away
on a dark and briny night?
Would you mind if I wove my song
in and out of yours?
Do you have a song?

Copyright © | Year Posted 2007




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Date: 11/30/2008 12:58:00 PM
This is wonderful, almost makes one sing it, rather than read it! Congratulations...well deserved to be featured this week! ~ Carrie
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Date: 11/29/2008 9:50:00 PM
Ahellas - Congrats on having your poetry featured this week – Great Job & God Bless, MJ
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Date: 11/25/2008 2:54:00 PM
Oh! I absolutely LOVE this poem! You have such a wonderful way with words in this poem-weaving in and out of your song...be still my heart! What a beautiful poem--or song... ::grin:: congratulations on being featured this week! ~*~TRUDY~*~
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Date: 11/24/2008 6:39:00 PM
Congratulations Ahellas on "Do You Have A Song?" being featured this week. Vince
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Date: 11/24/2008 9:53:00 AM
Congrats on your wonderful poetry being featured this week. Love, Shar
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Date: 11/24/2008 7:48:00 AM
Congratulations on your poem being selected to be featured this week. Love, Carol
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Date: 11/23/2008 10:22:00 PM
Great write Ahellas. Very interesting, the way you began it with Whitman's words. I feel this is very deep. One of the most wonderful poem:) Congratulations on being featured! Love, Chitra
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Date: 11/23/2008 7:03:00 PM
Nice use of imagery to forward your thoughts in this poem. The questions give the reader something to reflect on. Congratulations on being featured this week. Wishing you continued success with your writing. Karen
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