Sunday, April 11, 2010

Poem A Day: Day Eleven

2010 April PAD Challenge: Day 11
Posted by Robert

For today's prompt, take the phrase "The Last (blank)," replace the blank with a word or phrase, make that the title of your poem, and then, write the poem. Some examples: "The Last Train," "The Last Kiss," "The Last Time I'll Give Directions to a Complete Stranger," "The Last Dance," etc.

I was really impressed with what Robin did in her Horror poem from yesterday (Bela Lugosi and the Spirits of the Dead), in which she mashed up Bauhaus and Edgar Allan Poe

So I tried the same mash-up technique with Etta James' At Last and Jeff Buckley's The Last Goodbye. This poem is not finished, but I wanted to post my attempt before bed tonight. I'll tweak this one more at a later time.

At Last Goodbye

This is our last goodbye
My lonely days are over
I found a dream that I
could speak to
But must I dream
and always see your face?

You smile – you smile
And then the spell is cast.
So this is our last embrace;
Kiss me out of desire and not
Consolation – A thrill that
I have never known.

You gave me more to live for
And life was like a song
But the voice unkind
In the back of my mind
Said the night I looked at you,
I didn’t know you at all.

More than you’ll ever know
I hate to feel the love between
us die. You know it makes me
So angry when here we are
in Heaven and I’ll only
make you cry.

So just hear this and I’ll go:
Bells out in the church tower chime,
the skies above are blue
Burning clues into this heart of mine
My heart was wrapped up in clover
And this is at last goodbye.

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