So often I hear that we do not have the poets anymore in our society. Sure the likes of Emerson, Thoreau, Frost, Whitman and Poe are some of my favorites, and yes, they were tremendous. It is true also that the modern day poet does not get their due as poets of years gone by. Or do they?
When I think of the modern day poets, or at least those of the last 50 years, I think of names like Dylan, Lennon, McCartney, Chapin, Croce and many more.I like to think that the poetry is still there, the genius still is given to us…it just has music behind it. Think of some of these lines;
“Yes, there are two paths you can go by, but in the long run
There’s still time to change the road you’re on
And it makes me wonder”
“When this old world starts a getting me down,
and people are just too much for me to face.
I’ll climb way up to the top of the stairs and all my cares just drift right into space.
On the roof, it’s peaceful as can be and there the world below don’t bother me, no, no.”
“You can bend but never break me
‘Cause it only serves to make me
More determined to achieve my final goal
And I come back even stronger
Not a novice any longer”
“Some of it’s magic
Some of it’s tragic
But I had a good life all the way”
“I wish that for just one time you could stand inside my shoes/ You’d know what a drag it is to see you”
So those are the words of Jimmy Page and Robert Plant and their Stairway To Heaven. Gerry Goffin and Carole King took us Up On The Roof. Helen Reddy had a life changing song with her hit I Am Woman. Jimmy Buffett penned one of Bob Dylan’s favorite tunes with He Went To Paris. Lastly, Mr. Dylan himself with a line from Positively 4TH Street.
Just thinking about that brings to mind one of my frustrations with people today. That is, that we tend to see what is not there anymore, rather the good that is there. Think about. We hear things like “It sure isn’t the way it USED to be”. “I remember when you could get a candy bar for a dime” or this one “They sure don’t make em like they used to”. Hey, I have been guilty of one or two of those in my lifetime too.
If you look at it from the other side, the POSITIVE side, I am writing this blog not on a machine that needs white out for every mistake (I would have used a bottle already). I can send this out into cyberspace to be read with just the push of the button. Then I can go to my phone, that has no cord, and read it myself.
There is so much good in the world today, and yet we are fed a mouthful of hate every time we look to a news source. After awhile you start believing that is all there is, hate, violence and death. The edited soundbite is the gospel today…think if we only read the parts of the Bible that had violence in it, we would look at the good book in another light. Right?
So what is the purpose of this piece? Well the title is from a Led Zeppelin song “The Song Remains The Same”. My thought on that is that we remember the more happier parts of life gone by, we say that is was slower, and more gentle. It still is, all you have to do is look in the right places, television is not the right place…find places that have words, with meaning and are there not to exploit, but to be shared. There are a lot of avenues out there to experience.
So I will close with this thought. School starts today in our county here in Florida and our youngest is starting the 11TH grade….I hope that she does not take to heart, literally, Mr. Springsteen’s song with these lyrics, “We learned more from a three minute record than we ever learned in school” Ah yes, “No Surrender” Enjoy, and inspire someone today!