IT’S NOW OR NEVER

(An American Trilogy)

I. INTRODUCTION.

From across the room, your beacon shone,
you stand alone, but are you lonesome tonight?
I believe in love at first sight and I might
settle for a little less conversation.
I gotta know your name,

your number. Your belief that love lasts
If I can dream, you can fulfill it.
I can’t help it. Falling in love is like
riding a mystery train. The destination’s
unknown. I should have known. I forgot to remember.
I forgot to forget and yet, that’s alright Mama.
The next step is love!

II. AT FIRST SIGHT.

It was one night in the garden.
You had me all shook up,
igniting a burning love that you had left
smoldering. I had always been
hardheaded, woman. But you have
softened me. You’ve showed how a heart
can caress and cajole. Love is in control.
Love me. Love me tender.
You’ve rendered me complete in love,
all night; at first sight.

III. HEARTBREAK HOTEL.

It hurts me, don’t be cruel.
I’ve been a fool being your
puppet on a string. So I sing
the blues. You’re a mean woman.
I trusted in love, suspicious minds
have minds of their own. But, you won’t see
me crying in the chapel or leaping
from any high steeple. I shall not
be moved to tears. My fears were founded
when all love was returned to sender.
Unopened, address unknown.
Stamped “insufficient emotion”.
You’ve left me in the ghetto of broken hearts and
baby, I don’t care. You’re not there.
I’m in hiding; residing in this room for one!

 

(C) Walter J Wojtanik, 2014

Based on the songs of Elvis Presley

POETIC ASIDES NOVEMBER CHAPBOOK CHALLENGE – DAY 30: INEVITABLE

DITTOES AND BOOMERANGS

Tomorrow is today.
Say goodbye to today,
The tapestry of your life keeps
repeating, going where you lead.
No matter what you throw out there
it comes back to you in spades.
Saying what you said yesterday,
and yesterday,
and yesterday.
And yesterday has gone
so far away. It’s too late
for all that jazz, man.
The earth moves , I feel it!
You’re got a friend to help you
deal with it. You’ve come back.
Welcome home!

 

(C) Walter J Wojtanik, 2014

Based on the songs of Carole King

POETIC ASIDES NOVEMBER CHAPBOOK CHALLENGE – DAY 29: DO IT AGAIN

NOTHING NEW

You haven’t done nothin’
and that’s saying somethin’. For once in my life
I have found the higher ground. Lately,
I wish you could be more than a part-time lover
and discover that you’re too uptight.
Everything’s alright, lose your superstitions
and condition your heart to be more open,
more preceptive. You have me at your fingertips,
you could have me signed, sealed, delivered
but look past me to see what else is out there.
I don’t know why I love you, my cherie amour.
You’re my favorite pastime. Paradise is where
your heart resides. But it always hides
when I come into view. You’re too high
to see the big picture. You and I?
We could conquer the world, but you choose
to just be living for the city. You’re pretty,
you’re lovely I just called to say
I love you, but you’re never home.
and that’s really nothing new!

 

(C) Walter J Wojtanik, 2014

Based on the songs of Stevie Wonder

POETIC ASIDES NOVEMBER CHAPBOOK CHALLENGE – DAY 28: (BLANK) NEWS

THANK THE LORD

We take these moments and pause
to give our thanks for the blessings we’ve shared.
It is more than another day, it is a day
to be appreciative. In this rapid runoff to the holly,
one of the holiest days. Hear them bells?
it is good to stop and smell the love
of hearth and home. Sadly, it is done too soon.
The fact that this solitary man can travel
to bare his heart light; a brother’s love is a
salvation of sorts, to his family and cohorts.
The art of love is not lost on Captain Sunshine!
And as we join together with whom ever we
surround ourselves and offer a toast of
Cracklin’ Rose, we will remember those
resting in God’s pretty amazing grace!
I am blessed, I said! And if i don’t see you again,
know you will remain one of the stones
that paves the way to my heart. And I will always
remain a song in your heart. Play me, and I will
give you my sweet words to soothe you in the night time.
And I always thank the Lord for the night time!

 

(C) Walter J Wojtanik, 2014

Based on the songs of Neil Diamond

POETIC ASIDES NOVEMBER CHAPBOOK CHALLENGE – DAY 27: APPRECIATION

LOOKING FOR CHANGES

Little willow, we should stand
together and strong. All my trials
are reflected in your life, strife can affect
everybody out there. Maybe I’m amazed
that we walk in similar shoes; vintage clothes.
The vanilla sky allows me to see your sunshine,
the divine light you give. We should live to appreciate
in gratitude. It is freedom that will save us,
but only mama knows what’s coming up.
I want to come home, away from the
“big boys’ bickering; a tug of war.
Too many people in the world tonight
argue and fight fearing the nearing
of the end of the end. That day is done.
No one can stand in deference to another.
Scared to make changes, rearrange the way
they view the world. You tell me, does this
wanderlust provide comfort? Do the pipes
of peace smolder fruitlessly? Nod your head
If you agree that a new course is needed;
words of love should be heeded and revered.
Only our hearts will know. But there will be
no hosanna chanted. The needed love has been
recanted. We go looking for changes,
but find none. Things remain the same. It’s a shame.

 

(C) Walter J Wojtanik, 2014

Based on the songs of Paul McCartney

POETIC ASIDES NOVEMBER CHAPBOOK CHALLENGE – DAY 26: SAME

FAREWELL TO LOVE

Laura, where are you?
It’s a lonely town and I’m a fool
to want you. Only the lonely
sing the blues in the night.
I’m right here where and when
you need me. I wish that the girl
next door would act like someone in love.
But, I’ve got you under my skin, festering;
pestering me, coming and going
like the ebb tide. But now, I hide
in the house I live in. I guess that’s life!
I’ll find my way. Maybe you’ll be there.
It’s a lonesome old town. I guess
I’ll hang my tears out to dry!

 

(C) Walter J Wojtanik, 2014

An “Anti-Love” poem based on the songs of Frank Sinatra

POETIC ASIDES NOVEMBER CHAPBOOK CHALLENGE – DAY 25: LOVE/ANTI-LOVE

CLOWNS (HER ANTI-LOVE PERSPECTIVE)

We had a good run, didn’t we?
But, we had gone from evergreen to a
stony end. Love was never meant to be served
on the rocks. And it shocks me to wonder,
why did I choose you? I guess I thought
I could use you before the parade passes.
Bye, bye, but I’ll try to get by on my own.
You’ve shown me that my heart belongs to me!
With one look you had touched me,
when you kissed me in the rain
I guessed that once again I was a woman in love.
But I told myself that “people can be funny, girl!”
And since then, I had gone from your precious pearl
to the second hand Rose you chose
to fester in your dirt while you would flirt
with the next beautiful bloom that came along.
All in love is fair, and there’s no returning
to the way we were. It’s for sure I’m caught
somewhere between memory and emotion.
This circus of commotion that kept me coming
in and out of your life, isn’t easy.
Don’t bother sending in any more clowns.
We had a long run, while we were here.

 

(C) Walter J Wojtanik, 2014

An “Anti-Love” poem based on the songs of Barbra Streisand

POETIC ASIDES NOVEMBER CHAPBOOK CHALLENGE – DAY 25: LOVE/ANTI-LOVE

ALL OR NOTHING

Love is all or nothing at all.
And who knows where and when hearts fall.
They start as strangers in the night,
taking a chance on love, all right.

Starting with high hopes, the right call.

It’s like night and day, a windfall,
taking a chance on love, a tall
order. Still… you, music, the night?
All or nothing.

I’m not afraid to lift the pall,
say something stupid at nightfall.
Fly me to the moon, it’s so bright,
come fly away with me tonight,
and you outright will get my all!
All or nothing.

(C) Walter J Wojtanik, 2014

A “Love” poem based on the songs of Frank Sinatra

POETIC ASIDES NOVEMBER CHAPBOOK CHALLENGE – DAY 25: LOVE/ANTI-LOVE

I’LL BE UNDER AN ASSUMED NAME

They call me Albert Flasher.
I’ve been called worse. It’s a blessing
and a curse. But, not like the nurse
who had a case of the clap for the Wolfman.
That’s the worst case scenario in this
hand me down world! But that’s his girl!
If you can, try to live by this rule: “Hang on to
your life!” It’s no laughing matter
and so unflattering to become undun!
Just for fun, I’ll follow your daughter home.
She has pretty blue eyes and she’s mine!
Believe me, there’s no time to talk.
I would ride the bus,
but the clock on the wall says it’s time
for me to be running back to Saskatoon
or there will be no sugar tonight (wink, wink)!
I think that’s how you play this game
living under an assumed name!

 

(C) Walter J Wojtanik, 2014

Based on the songs of The Guess Who

POETIC ASIDES NOVEMBER CHAPBOOK CHALLENGE – DAY 24: I’LL BE (BLANK)

ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER

She walks in silence a victim
of his violent outbreaks. He’s used her
as a stepping stone and left her stone free.
Somewhere they became ships passing.
All along the watchtower.

In the night, the angel with the bleeding heart
starts to burn the midnight oil, she toils
yearning, wishing to burn the house down.
She frowns, her gypsy eyes despise her shortcomings.
All along the watchtower.

She was once as bold as love, and above all else
she held him high. Her guy, her lover man,
her mojo man, Mr. Bad Luck who never really
gave a fuck about her. She has experienced it
all along the watchtower.

It’s still raining; she’s still dreaming, scheming.
Had she a machine gun or dagger, this dolly would serve
her manic depression and mess him up. But,
running wild was not the voodoo this child needs. She bleeds
all along the watchtower.

Hey Joe! Go play in crosstown traffic. She is sick
Of this crash landing. These castles made of sand
demand too much of her time. This foxy lady keeps drifting.
It’s scary. The wind calls her. Mary! But she walks alone in silence.
All along the watchtower!

 

(C) Walter J Wojtanik, 2014

Based on the songs of Jimi Hendrix

POETIC ASIDES NOVEMBER CHAPBOOK CHALLENGE – DAY 23: ALONE POEM