billy bragg letter 2

you mumbled –
apologetic –
thrusting a
crafted mix tape into my
ratty old book bag

it’s nothing –
just a couple songs
that i like –
and i know
you won’t like them at all so
it’s no big deal, ‘kay?

you were wrong –
it was enormous –
because you
opened your  
carefully protected heart

even now –
twenty years later –
certain songs
remind me
of the sound of your laughter
and your gentle touch


Linked to BJ’s Shadorma and Beyond, where our challenge for this week was to write either a poem with an ABAB rhyme scheme or a shadorma.  The shadorma is a non-rhyming six-line poem with a syllable count of 3/5/3/3/7/5.

The fellow in this poem was in my high school creative writing class and he *despised* rhyme.  In fact, he was quite vocal about his distaste for rhyming poetry!   So – I wrote linked shadormas in his honor.  (But he would have rebelled at that, too.)

Georgia supplied an *awesome* train photo for the challenge – and I *wanted* to bring this poem back to trains somehow – but just couldn’t get it to work.  So – please visit the post – it’s a great photo!


17 thoughts on “mix tape (shadorma)

  1. …As I was saying in a comment only a couple of minutes ago, you do have a natural flair for characterisation – see the ‘mumbling’ stanza here 🙂

    And, as someone who swears by the absolute value of a proper soundtrack, I can only applaud his good sense in expressing his feelings through the infallible medium of the mixtape!


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