Poem - John Lennon R.I.P.

It was thirty five years ago today
Sergeant Pepper was taken away
He never went out of style
But a bullet erased his smile

They blew his mind out on the streets
He didn’t notice that the times had changed
A crowd of people turned and stared
They wondered who they should blame

He laid his heart in the fields
His mind protected from hate
Strawberries will forever grieve
Over the violence of his fate

We played his mind games
While he gave peace a chance
Why didn’t we know it was real?
His feelings more than song and dance

Will we ever come together?
His dreams like diamonds in the sky
He asked that we join him
Instead love and peace had to die

Another man of peace was killed
We cried even though it was willed
I'd love to turn you on to him
Come together so we can begin again

Number... number nine... number nine
We're talking evolution not revolution
Number nine... number nine... number nine
Never forget... if only we can imagine a solution

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Jeff May 6 years ago from St. Louis

We remember that day all too well. Nice tribute.


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Twilight Lawns 6 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

Rest in Peace. You had your failings, John, but you were a great soul


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The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

Thanks Jef and Twilight... I grew up with the Beatles (saw them on Ed Sullivan) so these things hit me pretty hard I guess...


Pachuca213 6 years ago

"You might say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one"- John Lennon had a knowledge that there was that capability for peace on earth, for love and not violence, something the bible as well as many other beliefs teach. I believe that was the purpose for man, I believe he saw that and I believe that alot of people who could really hear his words believed it too. He really gave it his all didn't he? But sadly the good die young and the strong do fall. I really loved this! What a special tribute to a man of many dreams.


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The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

Thank you again Pachuca for following me and saying such nice things...

I heard him say in an interview once that he didn't mind looking like a fool to the world in the name of peace. He knew he was a threat to Nixon and others but fearlessly gave us the right message. I know how it feels on a small level because I received some resistence here with my poem "Christian State or War Machine?" People want to think of our country as always being good or better than everyone and are uncomfortable with criticism. Lennon was not and if people like him do not step up then people who control the war machine will rule the land (as if they don't already)...


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kirutaye 6 years ago from London, UK

Another cool rhyme by the surburban poet and a nice tribute to John Lennon.

Well written. I'll keep coming back.


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The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

Thank you kirutaye... I saw all the shows on his life last night and just enjoyed, again how great he was....


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chspublish 6 years ago from Ireland

Love the tribute and the flavor of your style.


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The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

Thank you chspublihs,

John and I go way back.. I had to say something about a man (and his friends) who I grew up with...

Always in my heart you know?


scriber1 6 years ago

You brought unashamed tears to me SP; there is so much about Lennon (and that entire 60's experience) that can't be codified, merely experienced as life changing. And thus you have shared with one and all that reality. Thank you so much.


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b. Malin 6 years ago

Beautiful tribute, to such a peace loving poet, and man. Thank you.


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kashmir56 6 years ago from Massachusetts

What a very awesome poem,a great tribute to a great artist and man.


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The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

There is no shame scriber1... I too came to tears last night watching a Lennon special but for a different reason; he was talking about how much he had missed of Julien's childhood and I started crying briefly because I am apart from my children much of the time and it's tough...


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The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

Thank you again b.

I appreciate you commenting here... Lennon was a genius and I wanted to do something....


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The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

Thank you Kashmir... it was easy to write because there is so much of his music that was a part of my life; it was like writing about my own life in many ways...


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michael ely 6 years ago from Scotland

Hi The Suburban Poet, I also wrote a Hub about John Lennon a few days ago which lead me to yours and i am impressed. It's very good. Michael.


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The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

Thank you michael... I checked your hub out and commented... very nice!


barnesbettyb 6 years ago

I totally loved the Beattles. I will never forget the night they appears for the first time on Ed Sullivan show. I was 13 years old. It was awesome. John was one of my favorites.


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The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

Thank you barnes...

That's great that you saw them on Ed Sullivan like I did... it was huge. Everyone watched Ed Sullivan (three black and white stations back then) and we all knew the Beatles were appearing that night. My parents even watched... Crazy!


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J. Edward Hardin 5 years ago

Excellent work. I love how you worked those little snippets of lyrics in there. Although it was not the music of "my generation", I too grew up with the Beatles. I was lucky to have parents who introduced me to classic rock and oldies at a very early age. This was a heartfelt poem. Voted up.


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Joy56 5 years ago

Hi... My husband is from Liverpool, i am from Manchester. i was so sad when he was shot, it was just after my daughter was born, and i remember it so well. I feel for his son Sean, who kind of repeated the sad life of John, finding his mother then she was killed. Sean re united with his dad then he was killed. i too watched all the programmes about him again..... He was a nice guy..... well written. i read your profile also, i enjoyed hearing how you are searching for the truth, hope you find it. I love the song Imagine....


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The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

Thanks J. Edward... I'm glad you had cool parents. The Beatles can seem kind of dated to people nowadays... They're just old to my kid (like the Rolling Stones) but I feel once he figures out the difference between talent and hype that he will come around...


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The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

Hello Joy...

Thanks for commenting. Liverpool is ground zero eh? Yes it is sad when you think about John losing his mother after reconnecting. I believe the beautiful song Julia is about her... Sean too... I think Julien had some bitter times because he was raised apart from his Dad due to John's mission in life. It's tough...

I find it interesting how John was such a threat to so many people. I read an angry comment about him on another website... a man of peace being demonized. I don't get it...


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Dim Flaxenwick 5 years ago from Great Britain

That was beautiful. Thank you.


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The Suburban Poet 4 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

Thank you for reading Dim!


john 4 years ago

many thanks...

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