Across The Universe: Free Verse Inspired By The Beatles' Song; Response to a Chellenge

Across the Universe (film)

2007 Theatrical release poster for American musical romantic drama film directed by Julie Taymor, produced by Revolution Studios, and distributed by Columbia Pictures.  The film plot revolves around songs by the Beatles.
2007 Theatrical release poster for American musical romantic drama film directed by Julie Taymor, produced by Revolution Studios, and distributed by Columbia Pictures. The film plot revolves around songs by the Beatles. | Source
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John Lennon with First Wife Cynthia

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Response to a Challenge by Billybuc aka William Holland

Having read Ann's response to Bill's challenge to write a free verse poem, based on music, specifically the Beatles' “Across the Universe,” I decided to have a go.

However, the standard set by Bill and Ann were so high, at first, I hesitated. I was surely out of my depth, but as I read the lyrics of the song, I was moved by John Lennon's words so I read some more about how the song came into being, suddenly I needed to contribute to this challenge. I hope you'll like my effort.

According to wikipedia, Across the Universe is a song recorded by the Beatles, written by John Lennon, and credited to Lennon and McCartney. The song first appeared on the various artists' charity compilation album, No One's Gonna Change Our World in December 1969.

The first line of the song, “Words are flowing out like endless rain into a paper cup”

came to Lennon after hearing his then wife Cynthia having a rant about something. Later, after she had gone to sleep, the words was still revolving around in his head 'like an endless stream' Lennon later explained. And legendary genius that he was, he went downstairs, wrote the lyrics to the song, went to bed and calmly forgot all about it.

My Response to Bill's Challenge

Endless Rain

A barrage of words like arrows fueled by sorrow, glisading down the glaciers of his heart

Touching his soul, setting him free to soar across the universe.

They slip, they slide, they lift him high, they blew his mind

Pangs of regret surrendered to the cosmic bliss that enfolded him

Piqued by mundane triviality, on mystical tide to flow

Exalting in a greater power, this scion of man, possessed by the promise of enlightenment he seeks, yielded to the love and embraced the truth

Can we truly open our hearts and minds, and if we could, what would we find?

Words cascades assaulting his brain, a mizzle into a deluge of gloom, but nothing will impede the light nor douse the flame, until the sun sets, giving meaning to the quest.

A restless soul transcending, crossing boundaries in pursuit of veracity of existence

His essence pure, rainbow bright, he glides beyond the skies where words dissipates like the morning mist.

Where clouds recedes far below, like the ghost of a sweet lingering kiss still tingling on a lover's lips. A time to feel, a time to heal a time to simply let it be.

On and on he rise, heeding the joyous call as he navigates the heavens, the stars look on, the universe yearns and turns, and his heart sings, infused with joy, because..

Nothing's gonna change his world.

No, nothing's gonna change our world

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Across the universe, probably John Lennon's most poetic lyrics

I've heard the song, but never really listened to the poetic lyrics, how about you?

  • Yes, I know this song well. I Love the poetic lyrics
  • No, never heard it
  • Yes I was aware of the song, but I haven't really listened to the words
  • I'm a die hard Beatles fan, of course I know the song well!!
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tobusiness 19 months ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

Chris, glad you like the poem, thank you so much for taking a look. Have a wonderful weekend and my best to you.


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cam8510 19 months ago from Columbus, Georgia until the end of November 2016.

Jo, loved your free verse. The opening line is so revealing of emotion and state of mind. Fantastic response to the challenge.


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tobusiness 23 months ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

Hi Jo, lovely to see you! I appreciate you taking a look at this, another interesting challenge from Bill, and a lot of fun.

Although I was already familiar with this Beatles song, I hadn't really listened to the words before doing this hub, so much kudos to Billy for the challenge.

Jo, you said it... the world is in need of a lot of love righ now, we just can't seem to get it, do we?

Hugs and blessings right back at you.


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Jo_Goldsmith11 23 months ago

Hello Jo,

Great read here. I love the Beatles and I love all their songs. Thank you for introducing a song I haven't heard until now. If only the world would love more? Thank you for sharing your creative talent!

Blessings & hugs! ((((((((( Jo ))))))))))


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tobusiness 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

Hi Ryem, so nice to see you! Thanks for taking a look at this, glad you like the poem. I hope all is well with you.

My best always.


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Ryem 2 years ago from Maryland

Your poem is brilliant and inspirational, I would definitely say you met the challenge!


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tobusiness 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

Hi Shyron, Thank you for reading the poem, I almost chickened out after reading Ann and Bill's work, not to mention taking on the Beatles. I'm really glad you enjoyed it. I was fairly familiar with the song, but never really paid attention to the lyrics, so I must thank Mr Bill for opening my eyes. I hope all is well with you, have a great weekend, my best always.


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Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago

Wow Jo, this is powerful and touching, you make it hard for the rest of us to follow you, Bill and Ann.

Thank you, I had not heard the songs lyric or maybe just to busy to listen.

Thumbs - up, UABI and shared.


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tobusiness 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

Gypsy, when I read about the challenge, My first thought were, this would be perfect for Gypsy. I'm glad you like my effort, it's good to post the odd poems. Always a pleasure to see you, I hope you're keeping well.


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Gypsy Rose Lee 2 years ago from Riga, Latvia

You did very well a real poetically emotional journey.


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tobusiness 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

Devika, so nice to see you! Thanks for stopping by and for the lovely comment. I hope life is good to you, my best.


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DDE 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Great challenges are faced with great struggles. Your message is so clear and with all emotions.


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tobusiness 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

Thank you Frank, so glad you enjoyed it. I hope you're having a lovely day, my best.


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tobusiness 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

Flourish, nice to see you! Thanks for taking a look, much appreciated. My best as always.


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tobusiness 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

Thanks Jackie, it was a pretty daunting task taking on the 'Beatles,' but also because Bill and Ann had done such a great job. However, I'm so glad I did it, must thank Bill for the challenge. I hope you're keeping well, my best to you.


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tobusiness 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

Faith, thank you as always for the wonderful support, you're nothing less than an angel. :)

I love the story behind the song also, It paints a picture of domestic bliss. In an effort to escape his wife's verbal assault, he simply freed his mind to sail across the universe. I guess we've all been there, one time or another. I hope you're well and fighting fit, my best always.


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Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

tobusiness very creative my friend ....


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FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

A creative explosion, Jo!


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Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

Oh; I loved this Jo as I loved John and all the stories behind his many masterpieces. You did him proud!


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Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

Brilliant Jo! I truly love your free verse and you have surpassed the challenge. The facts you provided are interesting too how the words were rolling around his head and I guess they just poured out onto the pages.

I love challenges, but I am not sure I would do justice to the Beatles on anything ...

Voted up ++++ and away

Blessings always


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tobusiness 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

Ruby, you will do just fine, it will be well worth the read. Thank you for the great comment, from you it means a lot.

Looking forward to reading your contribution. Take care and my best to you.


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tobusiness 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

Hi John, sorry about the issues, I wanted to post the lyrics to the song but I thought there might be a problem, so I used the video instead. Glad you're up and running, can't wait to read.


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tobusiness 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

Ann, thanks for taking a look and for the very kind comment. That's me alright, always up in the clouds. :) I'm glad you like the poem, yours just blew me away.


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

Wow, Jo, I am in the precess of writing a piece for the challenge, you've raised the bar so high, I am not too sure mine is good enough. This is beautiful and inspiring. John Lennon was so gifted with words and humanity, what a waste the day he died..


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

Well done Jo. I love your interpretation, you delved behind the scenes. I took up the challenge but had trouble with 'duplicate' content issues. After some tweeting I have the hub up and running again. Anyway, this was good. Voted up.


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annart 2 years ago from SW England

Well done, Jo! This is a great interpretation. I love your choice of words and you take us up, up and away in the clouds. Beautiful!

Ann


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tobusiness 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

Bill, I soooo needed that. :)

It was fun to do and I was certainly in need of a little challenge, so thank you my friend.


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billybuc 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

Jo, you met the challenge and did yourself proud. I thank you dear friend. I think it's amazing what creative people can do when faced with a challenge like this. Both you and Ann went far beyond what anyone could have expected for a spur-of-the-moment challenge. It just goes to show how truly creative you are.

Bravo and brilliant!

bill


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tobusiness 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

Kim, I really appreciate the kind support. I'd love to read your submission to the musical parade, so get inspired and start writing.


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ocfireflies 2 years ago from North Carolina

Jo,

OH WOW! Talking about setting the bar even higher. I have been really busy editing work for others and feeling too spent to write something of my own. I so hope I can get inspired and join this musical parade.

V+/Share for all of our worlds to see and hear.

Kim

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