Thursday, December 31, 2009

Twenty Six

This is a song I have been working on. It was inspired by the Fred Rogers quote I posted earlier. It’s not quite finished. It needs a bridge but it works OK as a poem.

It’s called “Twenty Six”

Aa Bb Cc

Dd Ee Ff

Gg Hh Ii

Jj Kk Ll

Mm Nn Oo

Pp Qq Rr

Ss Tt Uu

Vv Ww Xx

Yy

Zz

Ink and paper

Truth and lies

Twenty-six letters

Make you laugh and cry



Twenty-six letters

All rearranged

Black and white

Joy and pain



History lessons

The power of the pen

Will we ever learn

Or just do it all again?



Twenty-six letters

In all the Holy Books

Will we turn away

Or take another look?



Twenty-six letters

In all we write

Declarations, constitutions

Civil rights



The same letters used

By the KKK

Give us promises to keep

And blessed words to pray



The twenty-six letters

In our vows of course

Are the very same used

When we file for divorce



The same twenty-six

In different combinations

Can declare a massive war

Or peace between nations



Words of redemption

The birth of a nation

Words of hatred

And condemnation



Obituaries, eulogies

Those twenty-six are used

To clarify, distill

Obfuscate, confuse



To grant restitution

To write a bald-faced lie

To describe a brilliant sunrise

Or a baby’s first cry



Only twenty-six letters

In all we write and read

Describe any situation

All we want and need



Texting, emails

In the dirt with sticks

It all comes down to

The same twenty-six



Those twenty-six are used

Day after day

To write a love letter

A lullaby, a play



To write a love letter

A Dear John or Joan

No looking in the eye

No talking on the phone



To create a wanted poster

To announce a baby’s birth

In a last will and testament

To calculate one’s worth



Some four-letter words

Carry massive weight

Like EVIL, KIND, PAIN

Also LOVE and HATE



Words can hurt you

Just like stones and sticks

And they’re all put together

With the same twenty-six



Twenty-six symbols

Used in different ways

Give us everything we write

And everything we say



Ink and paper

Truth and lies

Twenty-six letters

Make you laugh and cry



The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dogs.

2 comments:

smooth said...

Right on! It's often unclear you see obfuscate used in a poem/song. Great message, and I want to wish you, Heidi, and the young men a Happy New Year! Let's get together soon.

Chris Hass said...

Looks like a great start. What a perfect opportunity to use that Flip camera, record the song, and post it so we can hear it when it's done!

I hope you had a wonderful break. I am READY to get back on Monday.