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An Inspirational Entity (John Lennon)

Updated on December 8, 2016
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How I Get My Inspiration To Write

What inspires you to write? I asked myself this question today as I sat down to write my favorite genre; poetry.

Inspiration for me could come from a period in my day where I’m listening to music that affects my thoughts, or life in its everyday motions: getting up, getting dressed, and doing my normal routine, and then later exhausting in the day and thinking about how the day has made me feel. It could even be a desire to reminisce over the past or wonder about the future. My poetry could spawn from hurt, excitement, or a tired stroll down thoughts of a few regrets.

Words and Music

However, today my inspiration came after I listened to a song by a man who was a single entity of our world; there was no one truly like him, and never will be again. This guy is none other than John Lennon, and the song is called “Jealous Guy.” I, like many days on my down time, will sit at my computer and stroll through ITunes radio, or pull up YouTube and watch the video along with the song. I love music. Lyrics and music are poetry set to motion, in my opinion. I’m almost jealous of this, because poetry that you just simply write has to be felt and understood within one’s self, and it is more susceptible to be misunderstood than as a song is to be felt in a special way; a way that could be interpreted in many different scenarios. As a poet, I hope my written poetry is also taken like that, but it is much more difficult to do that with only versed words than it is for a song lyric that is set to beautiful music. I do see paper verses as just as special though. I feel that it takes a real poet and poem lover to reap the benefits of poetry lines. When you think about it, that is indeed what makes the process special. Everything has a different point of view.

Therefore, I believe it is all in how we view different things, and if we view them with a vision of how everything has a connection in the world, then it can give so much inspiration; like this song by Lennon that I ran across on YouTube. For me, it was the whole package of the song and video together that inspired the poems I sat down and wrote after listening and watching his wonderful talent. It was a live version filmed in the studio as he actually sang the song. It was captivating. It was breathtaking, and after, I couldn’t help but think over his life, or what I knew of it from stories told. The main thing that stuck out in my mind was how he empowered people to love; how his love for a particular woman progressed a certain way of thinking in him that was truly beautiful and greatly admired for how love should be felt.

A True Love Story of Inspiration

As you may have guessed, the love story of John Lennon and Yoko Ono reeled through my mind as I watched and listened. They were always together and this sitting in a studio singing this song was no exception. She was right by his side, and I suspect part of his process that made it perfect. Below are my poems that John along with his wife Yoko gave me the inspiration to write. First…we must listen to my initial inspiration though, and then please enjoy my poetry.

John and Yoko; A Love Story

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Love Always, Yoko

I beg of you to love me again;

though my begging words are

not…


the anguish which hides within

me, keeps my dreams up at

night…


your face drifts in and out of

view; mine eyes constantly

deceive me…


yet it is not their fault that my

crazy mind plays torture tricks

that abuse me…


A rock of gray sits in my belly;

the dull ache of its pain…


makes me wish I could close my

eyes never to wake again…


I dreamt of a destiny upon clouds

of abundance dancing and singing

as I arrived...


all heartache was finally gone

I had left it all behind…

Love Always, John

Take me on your road trip

through the unknown roads

of time…


my days are running out on

me but yours are still

benign.


Faults and forlorn I do not

blame; for it is only my fate

that will end…


at least my bleak and insane

last days were geeked with

mortal sins.


Take me on your road trip;

I will never look behind.


Alas, I will then wait for you in

a land that is separate from

humankind.

All We Need Is Love...

I Was...I Was Not...

I’m a hero. I’m a villain.

I’m none of this; just kill it…


I’m a reason. I’m a rhyme.

I am neither, I'll say good-bye…


I’m a martyr. I’m a ghost.

No, not I, so burn the image.


I’m a label. I’m a liar, which

helped me wallow in the

mire…


how do we define ourselves

in a world of hopeless

smut?


What are you? Who was I?

The answer is never enough…

© 2016 Missy Smith

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      Shaloo Walia 5 months ago

      Beautiful poems! John Lennon's Imagine is my all time favorite song. He was an amazing musician and a deeply spiritual human being.

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      Missy Smith 14 months ago from Florida

      So true, Deb, and I relate to John Lennon's way of thinking.

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      Missy Smith 14 months ago from Florida

      Bless you, Frank Atanacio, and thank you! ;)

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      Deb Hirt 15 months ago from Stillwater, OK

      Well done, my friend. I believe that we take bits and pieces from many in order to weave what becomes us, in a nutshell.

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      Frank Atanacio 15 months ago from Shelton

      Missy what a wonderful hub.. Lennon is a wonderful choice, and I figured you'd be a Lennon fanatic.. love the poetry too bless you

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      Missy Smith 15 months ago from Florida

      Paula...his beautiful view on life and how it should be sought with feelings and emotion, and done with no fear of expression is the exact way I feel. However, it wasn't until I grew up a little and discovered him and his views on life that I was brave enough to be who I was too. Yes, he was my inspiration. He is one person that I know I will peacefully soar with, in the afterlife, if there really is one.

      I hope he would love my poetry for the uninhibited way I like to write about my life and life in general. Thanks! :)

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      Paula 15 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Missy...It's easy to understand how you've chosen John as your mentor. The man was a musical and poetic giant. His songs are words and music that go straight to our hearts & can bring our deepest emotions to the surface as raw nerves exposed .

      His death was such a massive tragedy. He will always be an icon.

      Your poetry does him justice, Missy. Peace, Paula

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      Missy Smith 15 months ago from Florida

      Thank you, Bill. I call him the mentor I never met, because he has always been an inspiration in how I view life and things that we deal with in this world; peace and Love...the motto he taught me. :)

      When I think about how people may judge me on the way I think as being silly or inconceivable; I think of John Lennon and his life with Yoko. Love can move mountains. Love can make us happy even in the harsh times if we just let it.

      In poetry, he inspires me for sure. He always voiced his thoughts without worry, and I like telling mine just the way I feel and think too. Even if it's a negative thought, I bring the gloomy thoughts out, and I'm happier and more content to do so. It helps me to move forward with a brighter perspective.

      Thanks for liking this hub. I'm aware I write and think a little different than others, but John Lennon; I believe, would approve. ;).

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      Bill Holland 15 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you for sharing your thoughts about one of my all-time favorite song-writers and human beings. What a wonderful source of inspiration, my friend.

      Peace, blessings and love, today and always

      bill