FC: Poetry Brian Waldon
1: Found Poem This endless mercy mile We're crawling side by side With hell freezing over in our eyes Gods kneel before our crime Pick yourself up off the side of the road With your elevator bones and your whip-flash tones Members only, hyponotizers Move through the room like ambulance drivers Shine your shoes with your microphone blues Hirsutes with your parachute flutes Passing the dutchie from coast to coast Let the man Gary Wilson rock the most Brian Waldon Lyrics from: Wings of a Butterfly by HIM Where It's At by Beck
2: Little is known about Shel Silverstein because he withheld biography information from his many publications. However, he did give one interview in 1975 in which he said "when I was a kid, I would much rather have neem a good baseball player than a hit with the girls. But I couldn't play ball. I couldn't dance. So I started to draw and to write. I was lucky that I didn't have anyone to copy, be impressed by. I had developed my own style." he is best known for his children't poems and short stories.
3: Crowded Tub There's too many kids in this tub. There's too many elbows to scrub. I just washed a behind That I'm sure wasn't mine, There's too many kids in this tub. Shel Silverstein
4: Kweli is not known for high sales numbers, he is one of the most critically successul lyricists of our time. He began his hip-hop career in high school when he met Mos Def. They later combined their talents with DJ Hi-Tek and went on tour. Kweli is currently signed as a single artist. His rhymes are based on real life experiences rather than the hookers and booze most current rap idolizes. Get By We sell, crack to our own out the back of our homes We smell the musk at the dusk in the crack of the dawn We go through "Epidodes II," like "Attack of the Clones" Work 'til we break our back and you hear the crack of the bone To get by.. just to get by Just to get by, just to get by We commute to computers Spirits stay mute while you eagles spread rumors We survivalists, turned to consumers To get by.. just to get by Just to get by, just to get by Ask Him why some people got to live in a trailer, cuss like a sailor I paint a picture with the pen like Norman Mailer Me Abuela raised three daughters all by herself, with no help I think about a struggle and I find the strength in myself Talib Kweli
5: Both artists decided to take their own routes in their medium of choice. They both started early and created their own styles, becoming highly successful. However, Silverstein focuses on child friendly rhymes and Kweli's lyrics are more adult oriented. | Kweli's lyrics are generally a set length to fit within the time limits of a cd track. He uses mature lyrics that are rarely perfectly rhymed. Silverstein's poems are as long as he wants to make them. He tries to appeal to kids and usually plans his poems so they will rhyme perfectly.
6: The Hunter Black and white flashes before my eyes. I grip my rifle tightly. As i walk around the bend, I come upon my prey hiding in the bamboo. I have the upper hand. He doesn't see me. I shoulder my rifle as tears fill my eyes. I fall to my knees. I will never be a panda bear hunter. Brian Waldon (Free Verse) | The Grapefruit I wait in my bowl, as my prey awakens. Watch it with that spoon. I'll take out your eyes. Brian Waldon (Free Verse)
7: Untitled I try to end my torment of myself. I've asked the Drummer to stop the melody. He asked me if I knew his name. I responded with a despaired "no". The Drummer continued his melody of torment. Years passed and I never figured out his name. The Drummer laughed as he continued his melody of torment. After i dided, the Drummer continued to play. his name being the one you hate the most, The Drummer's name being that of your own. Brian Waldon (Free Verse)