Five Answers to the Same Question Blues

When you stand beside the ocean
    resonating with each wave,
Shimmering beside the ocean
    ebbing flowing with each wave,
It’s as if you’re moving with it
    spiraling and uncontained.

When the moon shines in your window
    and it wakes you with its light,
Near full moon shines in your window
    wakes you up with silver light,
Even shadows turn to magic
    and everything’s all right.

When the birds begin the morning
    fill the air up with their song,
Robin cardinal and blue jay
    sing the sun up with their song,
Even grey days seem to open
    make you feel like you belong.

If someone should think about you
    get in touch just say hello,
An old friend is thinking of you
    gets in touch to let you know,
All your worries are forgotten
    all those things that brought you low.

Then your mind distills and empties
    leaving room for what you’re not,
All those thoughts retreat get quiet
    now there’s room for what you’re not,
You can hear life’s heartbeat whisper
    you give thanks for what you’ve got.

For NaPoWriMo Day 18 where the prompt is to to write your own poem that provides five answers to the same question – without ever specifically identifying the question that is being answered. and Muri’s April Scavenger Hunt where one of the prompts is to write a blues poem.

Blues and Greys

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I been traveling with the days from blue to grey,
my self merging with the days from blue to grey–
seems like colors all got lost, can’t find their way

Every day the subway rumbles past outside,
going uptown downtown rambles past outside–
filled with weary riders, got no place to hide

In the dawn sometimes I hear the robins sing,
waking up I listen, hear those robins sing—
between blues and greys they’re telling me it’s spring

I keep worrying each day from blue to grey,
breathing in and out the days from blue to grey–
like the colors, feeling lost, can’t find my way

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The NaPoWriMo prompt for Day 15 is to “write a poem inspired by your favorite kind of music”.  I like all kinds of music, but I think nearly all popular music today has its roots in the blues.


Art inspired by Matisse.