The World of Undiscovered Poets: David Cardenas
One of the basics of poetry is rhyme. Rhyming in poetry is pretty common, because most beginners associate poetry with rhyme. As time goes by, people start experimenting with other forms of non-rhyming poetry, but once in a while you come across a person who seeks to become a rhyme master.
The hardest thing about rhyming poetry is to get a message across using only words that rhyme. Unless you have a limitless vocabulary of rhyming words, it is extremely difficult to express a complete thought in rhyme. The other problem is avoiding overly used rhyming combos, because it tends to make your poetry sound tacky.
Despite the drawbacks of this basic form of poetry, there are some poets who have mastered it quite well. The poet I would like to introduce you to today is a rhyming master, and has built quite a collection of rhyming poetry.
Born in Corpus Christi, Texas, David Cardenas grew up in a town small enough for parents to let their kids play outside, but big enough that those kids could have big dreams. David’s dream was to be a lyricist. By 7th grade, David Cardenas had his first chance when a friend asked him to write lyrics for a band. David happily agreed, and soon discovered just how liberating poetry was. Feeling like an outcast most of his life, David Cardenas used poetry as his outlet. He poured his emotions out with his pen, and erased the negativity they made him feel.
In 1993 David was introduced to the group Counting Crows. The lead singer Adam Duritz with his lyrical skills became a big influence on David’s writing. Later on David would go on to discover other lyrical masterminds like Eminem, which evolved his rhyming skills even further, till he became the poet that he is today.
David Cardenas has made many contributions to the poetic world. He is the founder of the poetry group Lyrical Assassin’s Brotherhood, and back when MySpace was all the rage, The L.A.B. grew an immense following. Today the L.A.B. is still going strong on Word Press and Facebook, and David’s inspiration for writing poetry is to help other lost souls discover their inner strength, through lyrical content. Here is an original poem from David:
Battery Operated Dreams
My dreams are battery operated, I’m obligated
To expose the lies and the truth they confiscated
It’s complicated, as I pick the lock and break these cages
And shake these sages, who taught through the ages
Afraid of changes, shook from death wages
So, I’m ripping up pages; bringing up hooks and phrases
Lullabies get passed, just to pacify your looks and gazes
Searching for my jet pack, recharge the sun, just to get back
Into the light, I’m in the present, but no I ain’t gift wrapped
I ignite high into the heavens, just so you won’t forget that
Life is worth living and giving; move past the riff raff
Cross the coke lines, open up your nose, but don’t whiff crack
Do it before ignorant catz pull their fist back and guns go click clack
Life is so mismatched, even strapped it’s hard to find where you exist at
House of a thousand corpses, surrounded by apocalyptic horses
White, red, black and pale forces, to late for changing courses
Bring in the reinforcements, stay straight, no naming sources
Body bags piled to the ceiling from the forfeits and remorses
I walk these streets, surrounded by straight faces and zombies
Deep in my dreams, I’m pulling cords where fate and bombs meet
Religious zealots and hellion who can’t wait, they gone deep
Tying to take my faith, but they hate that the anointing is on me
And I’m recharging imaginations, exposing death and strife
Carving into each nation, exploding with the sweet breath of life
I’m elevating; I’m high above reloading in the dead of night
Illuminating, decoding the programs to get you out your bed and fight
Now that you’re charged up, the rest is up to you…
To hear a sample of David's lyrical skills click the link below:
As you can see David Cardenas is quite adept with his rhymes, and you can look forward to bigger and better things for this poet. In the next few months David plans to release his first book. He also has several musical projects in the works. David's future is bright, but you have the chance to discover him before he blows up. Visit the links below to discover David Cardenas: