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Band Competitions

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2017

I always fall in love at band competitions.

Maybe it’s the fall weather,

or being surrounded by like-minded people

or maybe it’s just the magic of marching band.

 

Maybe it’s the adrenaline rushing through your veins

just before you walk out onto the field.

Maybe it’s knowing that you’ve spent hundreds of minutes

for the fifteen-minute performance of your life.

 

Marching band is practicing for hours on end

through blood, sweat, and tears.

It’s hearing that one section of music

that makes you picture you’re in a stadium.

 

Maybe it’s seeing all the time and energy

come together and finally be worth it.

Maybe it’s realizing that you’re part of something bigger

and that by playing music you can change the world

one note at a time.

 

Something about being at band competitions

makes me fall in love

but I think I am more in love with the music

than with the people.

Author's Notes/Comments: 

Written 7/30/17

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To Write

To write
as I do
Is a seemingly hard
thought process
made easy
by words
written together
is an abstract
sort of way
to fill the readers mind
with mystery
Part sentence
Part phrase
which creates the illusion
of truth
Within these mysteries
is who I am
The words aren't difficult
and the structure
is simple
Look beyond
what you read
and you'll find
me.

               copyright 2018 by RW Erskine
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contact me at: artjwca@yahoo.ca

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start as mean to go on

Start, as you mean to go on

By jfarrell

 

(inspired by coldplay and Sting’s brand new day )

 

My fingers bleed from racing them 6 strings…

Since I realized I can play guitar….

….”Don’t stop me now, I’m having such a good time…”

 

I’ve just turned 50,

And as a new year starts

I will be starting as I mean to go on….

 

Blasting out T-Rex and Chuck Berry licks….

‘Mirror in the bathroom’ with

‘My browned eyed girl’

 

And that sweet, so sweet…

‘red, red wine….’

….’ a taste of honey, is worse than none at all…’

 

…...depressed, drowning, for so long….

….just wanting to die…please… what a coward, let me go…

NO!…. now….

 

‘I can’t let the sun go down on me’….

Won’t….. can’t….

I was ready, now… all of a sudden I ain’t!

 

Turn the ‘Gain’ ALL the way up….

Just a little more volume….

… and start as I mean to go on!!!!!

 

‘Take a little bit of my heart now, baby….’

‘I’m your toy, 20th Century boy….’

 

‘we’re starting up a brand new day.’

 

Author's Notes/Comments: 

just can't work why NOW i can play! been trying 32 years, hehe

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Where is your mind at?

Where is your mind at?

By jfarrell

 

Rolled up my trouser leg… been hurting lots…

To see a golf ball-sized swelling on my shin….

You think you’d have noticed…

Swelling that big, when you hit it,

It must have hurt.

 

And I haven’t got a clue…

Duracell Donkey…

Working 12-16 hour days;

Midnight finishes; 4 am starts;

Not enough sleep.

 

I walked out of work today…

“You don’t wanna pay me? I don’t wanna work. Bye.”

And I feel really, REALLY proud of that..

Maybe I can still be a “man” someday…

WHERE IS MY MIND?

 

Lost a days wages…. but… more importantly….

WTF did I do to my leg????????

I ain’t kidding.. killing me for days, but looked fine;

Hurts to walk, but I gotta work….

Looked to day… WTF??? golf ball??

 

My journey to work today, on the tube….

Well… “on the tube”….

Plugged into music….

Fighting space battles on the edge of the galaxy….

Starting revolutions ….

Giving in to the inevitable, pushing the button…

I, President of the….. start WWW3…

Welcome to the party ;-)

….…

 

Soundtrack

Queen - ‘flash’

You know the guitar riff… them lyrics, the beatles, need I say more?…

Men at Work - “It’s a mistake”….

….…

Mixed in with some ‘hey, joe’, nine inch nails, dire straits…

John lee hooker, robert johnson…eric clapton….

…. and….

Eminem keeps wanting to join the party…

And I am VERY tempted ;-)

But…

Being a depressive…

Trying to stay ‘positive’ and ‘upbeat’…

I skip him and a few great songwriters and guitarists right now….

 

Jim…

Where TF are you????? knock knock…. reality shouting really LOUD!!!!

WHERE IS YOUR MIND??????

HAVE YOU SEEN YOUR F****…. LEG????

To hurt it like that… and not notice…

 

WHERE IS YOUR MIND AT????

 

We’ve all been there.

Right?

 

 

Author's Notes/Comments: 

i bashed my leg against a lot of things this week.... i'm a drunk, i'm clumsy and being doing it for feking ages.....

but... seriously....

you'd think... to have that big aa swelling....  it would have hurt when you done it

and you'd rememeber it

Out to Lunch

Out to Lunch

By jfarrell

 

You see….

 

I pass you your fries and burger and grab your drink;

But, I am so not here;

Sorry.

 

Arms, legs…. other bits…

All auto pilot; sorry;

Like Clark Kent stuck in the phone booth

You don’t see me;

You see what’s left behind.

 

As I give you your diet cola with extra ice…

 

I am in some imaginary battleground;

Orcs, dragons, dinosaurs, elves;

Humans…. ATTENTION, lunch is served;

Diving in and out of foxholes;

Crawling low as I can through muck;

Tossing a few fragment grenades

And commanding my pet dinosaurs to flank the enemy;

Having a dwarf’s axe bury itself so close to my head

I no longer the long haired rocker I was,

But being a skinhead seems to make me look tougher

The alliance run from me in terror…

 

“so, 2 burgers, 3 small fries, and 4 colas (1 with with extra ice)….”

 

BUGGER!!! THAT HURT!!!!

Where did the dragon come from?

Cheating putin-paid-russian- better than us European players (maybe?)

If you believe we lose Alterac Valley so much,

Because Alliance are all Russian hackers….

I dunno, maybe horde is really that bad.

Let’s be honest….

We wanna chop someone’s head off now,

Not waste 10 minutes discussing tactics…

 

“that’ll be £12.58… any doughnuts?….

Or our vanilla triple whipped cream, crammed with goodies, milkshake, on special offer…..

 

YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Horde win again

YEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

WE ROCK

 

“Thank you sir, would you like a receipt?

And, please enjoy the game.”

With a big shiney smile as I hand you your receipt and change;

And….

Move on to the next customer.

 

If it is YOU I am serving,

I am SO sorry, I mean no discourtesy or disrespect;

I am out to lunch

And have been a very, very long time.

 

And all my battles have a rocking sound track;

From the earliest blues, I am THE Crossroads;

To “take my hand;

Off to never-never land”

 

The “blues brothers” tell me, I’m guilty;

And sting says “we’re starting up a brand new day.”

Dire straits gave me a six-blade knife (my secret weapon);

And

“two thousand zero zero, party over,

“we’re out of time”.. Prince is a LEGEND (sorry)

 

I hand the next customer his hotdog, with extra stuff on top;

Sorry, but, I not here;

Out to lunch… please leave a message at the beep

And, enjoy your stay :-)

 

 

 

Author's Notes/Comments: 

since i started writing poems recently and putting them here....

Stephen has really encouraged me a lot

i just wanted to say thanx :-)

and i hope you all enjoy the music :-)

 

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you don’t have to be here

you don’t have to be here

By jfarrell

 

 

Where you are now, you don’t have to be;

 

Trust me;

Everywhere I go is a legitimate terrorist target;

I ask “do you want chips with…” your hot dog at Wembley,

As I watch two grimly held machine guns walk past.

 

Everywhere I work now, a bomb might go off;

But, I ain’t here;

Here’s your hot dog, and did you want chips with that…

I may say this to you….

 

But behind my eyes,

I’m watching adam sandler movies, lord of the rings;

The BBC 12 part tinker, tailor, soldier, spy;

And listening to all the music I ever heard.

 

I’m dancing to ‘aint no stopping us now’

‘oops up side your head’ ‘soul man’

I seriously am not here, as I hand you your hot dog;

And don’t look behind you, at the scary machine guns

 

Author's Notes/Comments: 

i have a big, bright, shiney red button that's marked "do not  push!"

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6 strings

6 strings

By jfarrell

 

I don’t know why,

But I’ve wanted to play the guitar all my life;

I have been teaching myself for 31 years

And I am not the worst in the world;

Although, I am probably very close.

 

I’ve always been too scared to go to lessons;

Scared the teacher would laugh at me;

And I have given up, so many times;

“that’s it! I’m never touching a guitar again! Ever!”

 

But, them six strings always pull me back;

Listening to clapton, hendrix, b.b, nine inch nails….

The list goes on;

But still just those six strings;

And back I go. :)

 

I can’t help myself.

I do get slightly better each time;

But, I think it’s fair to say,

I have no natural musical talent.

 

But, surprisingly, I am getting better

Some songs I can play from memory

And they are recognisable;

A long road it has been,

But them six strings keep pulling; keep guiding.

 

Author's Notes/Comments: 

my guitar playing may be bad, but my singing is painful :D and i can't stop myself

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Invisible Playlists

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2017

I go quiet for days

when I’m dreaming in lyrics,

streaks of my memory somehow written down by someone else,

shards of a moment I might have left behind.

 

I go quiet and collect

every note

every rest

every rhyme

that makes me think of you.

 

I have given you all of my words

and none of them are broken.

I have given you all of my time

and none of it’s wasted.

 

I have run out of voice,

I have no other stories,

I exhale invisible playlists

you will only find if you unfold my skin.

 

I am not doing much you asked me to do

but I could answer all your questions

in this symphony.

 

Maybe you should

learn the music filed under your name 

to know what’s going on in my head.

Author's Notes/Comments: 

Written 7/20/17

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Electric Kingdom

Electic Kingdom

 

Isn't it a pity when you hate the city

 

So no damn good with snake pit lion's den you need someone to be your friend

 

Like Mickey Mouse & Daffy Duck chasing each other in a bush

 

The whole wide world is in quite a rush

 

Yet such a kingdom does exist

 

Can you catch my drift

 

In a far off place in search of trace in

 

A child hood fantasy in a dream whole new scene

 

With dragons and kings with queens

 

A court jester killing the village scene

 

We got trolls living in holes with dirt as their ceiling

 

Nothing shady in my electric kingdom

 

Lot's of folks tripping cause I'm on a mission

 

A vision of twilight sun tainting the vast array of its sparkling ellagance

 

Such extravagance at first glance a timely dance with a fare maiden

 

Looking lips shooting hits take some time to move those hips

 

A sought off excursion in my mind cause the dragon got me in a fix

 

I mix with tempers of fire blown up in full desire

 

An angry elf just bit me in the arm so sound the alarm

 

I came to get down & paint to village town

 

Electric kingdom where the creatures are so real

 

Some may claim it as a no good deal

 

Horses with valiant lances never given any second chances

 

Took a crap in the distant bushes with a push in

 

This is a place inside my mind some call me crazy but I am not blind

 

Rap is good in this place of dreams holding my own as my vison gleams.

 

 

 

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