I (sometimes) call myself Mr. Pondersome. I'm a rather wordy, weirdy person. I say hullo a lot. I write a lot more. While you're here, why not give some of it a read?

Sunday, 13 February 2011

A Blog Post for All the Lovers in the World (a.k.a. A Heady Mixture of Hopeless Sentimentality and Bitter Anguish)

'I fell in love once. Deeply. It got right up into my shoes, it did.'

Hullo again!

As I'm sure you know, it's getting awfully near to Valentine's Day (goodness knows, all the greetings card companies and chocolate distributors of the world will have made sure of that) and, thanks to my little quote above, you'll probably have worked out just how I feel about it. Now, I'm not exactly what you'd call a big hater of love but nor am I its greatest fan. I'd say I was more of a bitter romantic about it all, if such a thing is possible. Nevertheless I find that I have quite a bit to say about good ol’ lurve this year.

Well, two poems - one old and probably already done to death, the other completely new and perhaps a little too general to be just about love. I was contemplating doing a small bit of semi-experimental prose on the side but, as these things so often turn out, I ran out of time.

The first poem is “Ode to the Love Song (Playlist)”. For this I took the title of numerous love songs including the word ‘love’ itself and strung them together to make a relatively clear, interesting and, admittedly, quite passionate piece of poetry. I know that this has probably been done many times before in several different places (like Moulin Rouge, for instance) but I quite like how it came out. In addition to this, so as to appease any copyright infringement, I will put up the names of all the original contributing artists afterwards at the end of the post. Who knows, you may not have even heard of some of them.

The second is called “Keep Me Running”. This is more my own work, formed by my own sometimes-erratic thought process. Starting off initially as a free-writing activity, I plucked out random sentences and phrases and pieced them together to form the first stanza. From that point onward the rest of the poem just rolled (if somewhat awkwardly) out. Now, although I originally envisioned it as a more general discussion on life and the paths of destiny that we take, I can now see how it can be applied to matters of the heart as well (by the by, that’s the last time I draw on the love-heart analogy – as age-old clich├ęs go, it makes me cringe quite badly). You can imagine just how happy I was to know that I could just throw this into the bundle.

Anyway, that’s more than enough soliloquising from a lonely ‘bitter romantic’. Onto the poems themselves. Whether in love with the day or in loath, I hope you can appreciate these words. Whether with ‘the one’ you love or without, please, feel free to enjoy them. I really do insist :).


I Wanna Know What Love Is,
I Believe In A Thing Called Love -
The Power Of Love,
All You Need Is Love.

What's Love Got To Do With It?
Songs Of Love,
Love Letters -
Love Story.

Ever Fallen In Love?
Gimme Some Lovin',
Gimme All Your Lovin' -
How Deep Is Your Love?

When I Fall In Love,
I Will Always Love You -
Delirious Love,
Love In The First Degree.

Love Changes Everything,
It Must Be Love -
Love Is The Drug,
Love Hurts.

Love Is All Around -
Can You Feel The Love Tonight?
I'm Not In Love -
I Love To Boogie.


keep me running,
see what happens -
                         I'll run in - to walls,
                      smash my-self to sliv-ers
                                                                 roll away,
get              LOST                           down corridors

                                                       lithe gasping halls
that will                                         SCOFF
                                                like shadows,
                                                  with elaborate flash-shows
holding me with hope

branding me with hope
                                  and doors and
PRIZES                   I could have won if
                                I could turn back, if
                                I still had                 the legs

but I don't,
      I won't,
      I won't ever if
                                                                 you keep me
running --- rolling --- holding
without a                                                   CRUTCH

'With this, dear lovers, I leave thee for home,
to wind my own way from the land of alone.'

(I just cobbled that together. Sounds pretty decent, doesn't it? Move over, Shakey...XD).

Thanks for reading,

Mr. Pondersome

P.S. Here are the singer/song-writers in the same order as their work has appeared above:
Foreigner, The Darkness, Huey Lewis and the News, The Beatles / Tina Turner, The Divine Comedy, Elvis Presley, Taylor Swift / The Buzzcocks, The Spencer Davis Group, ZZ Top, The Beegees / Nat King Cole, Dolly Parton, Neil Diamond, Bananarama / Andrew Lloyd Webber, Madness, Roxy Music, Roy Orbison / Wet Wet Wet, Elton John, 10CC, T-Rex (I know, quite the playlist...:D).

1 comment:

  1. So, what do you think? Please feel free to comment. I promise I won't bite, so long as you don't bite first :D.