Free Verse: 'Across the Universe': based on The Beatles' title; a Response to a Challenge
What Can Change My World?
Billybuc challenged us to write a free verse based on music, specifically the Beatles’ ‘Across the Universe’. Great idea! I love a challenge and I love mulling over the possibilities of approach, mood, style and effect.
Basing writing on some kind of spur, be it photo, music or electric cattle prod, makes the imagination flow eventually, gives us a basis on which to build. It’s a great way to avoid floundering.
This universe of ours is a wondrous, ever-changing place that, even now, we know so little about. Can you imagine flying through the cosmos, looking down on Earth, seeing other planets, our minds filled with the enormity of it all? I started thinking about that.
Then, having overcome the flounder of not realising which song it was (here speaks the greatest Beatles fan of all time!), I had a good look at the words and from my feelings as I read came forth this offering.
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'Words are Flowing like Endless Rain'
Words fly from the radio, from screen and pound into my brain until the cells whirl in confusion, grist to mill, end up floating round the cortex till they form a different entity, then exit to the page.
Words that tear, the tears flow on. Words that anger, pen scratches page. Words, that lift the soul to fly, leave a letter stamped to cry an idea which finds its own landing and twists sounds into its own story. Words that stab your pulses, bubble the veins, run until no breath remains.
Endless rain shimmers before the sun, exits as tumbling colours, colours of words which brighten, spread, infuse the joy or blacken hearts to storms of woe.
What explanation do we have? The divine controls it all.
Nothing can change my world, nothing unless I let it.
Images of Wonder
'Call me On and On Across the Universe'
A thousand images flash at me, reality or dreams of mind? Visions thrown down at my feet, tempting me beyond these shores, taunting me to grasp their shape, turn them into great creations. They scrutinise my thoughts as they snag on my mind in passing, planting a trail of clues, to where?
Do I know what’s best or worst? Do I know where this path leads? Pick and choose the weak and strong, weave them round to make the cloth. I choose the brightest, deepest, fondest. I stab at will my random pin. Is this illusion? Will I aim true? Does choosing turn me from my path? How can I know until I make that step beyond the world I see?
I step and float and whirl and sing. I travel far, I watch and fling my net across the universe. What will I catch, what will it bring? Will I watch stars burst forth to nova? Will I implode when meteors strike? Will I catch the shooting star, the one where wishes can catch me out? Where will I end?
Across the universe? Will I grasp those clues and understand the story?
The divine controls it all.
Nothing will change my world, nothing unless I want it.
Laughter, Life, the Universe & Everything
'Sounds of Laughter, Shades of Life'
Laughter fills my head, my soul, surrounds me with a warmth I absorb with each pulsing pore. The children smile, jump, sing with joy, pervading my being and sending me floating to the clouds. The love they give, the love they imbibe, rays of hope, of joy, imparting sheer exhilaration, giving me life, telling me I can sail high and through this wondrous universe.
I can see the world, I can see the stars, I can see the galaxies, I can see heaven itself. Therefore I can create whatever I choose. I can travel through murk, through gas, through air, beyond the bonds of reality, travel surpassing all human parameters. I am part of the universe, part of its vast continuum.
All those words, those images, those people who wish to bend my path, who will deter, depress me; they are of nothing, they don’t exist. I wipe them off, they are a puff of smoke, they evaporate before me into oblivion, across the universe.
The divine controls it all.
Nothing will change my world, nothing unless I need it.
'Across the Universe'
I am called to follow that path which goes to the heavens. I am called to use my words, my images, my emotions. Nothing can change that, I won’t let it. I will look for the explanation. I will understand the story.
The divine controls it all.
Nothing’s gonna change the world; the world I see in my dreams, in my words, in my loved ones, in my life. There is wonder, glory and astounding beauty across the universe.
Copyright annart (AFC) 2014 (No copying without permission; no changing of original hub)
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