Flames of Desire

Another lust-filled homecoming poem – dedicated to my love ♥

your ravenous desire

sucks the air from my lungs

oh, our reckless desire

we are burning up

turn the flames up higher



feel the heat, the beat

keep the fire burning

that moment when we meet

let me feel your desire

…..

tonight, my love

I will have you

© 2017 michael d emmerich

Clarity

only when we acknowledge

that we are all mad

will it all make sense

and

mysteries, contradictions

will no longer be

……..

life stands still

clarity achieved

 © 2017 michael d emmerich

Whose Rules

like shifting desert sands

rules keep changing

greedy corporates

keeping the leash short



work hard, be honest

play by the rules

it all comes to naught

they fuck you over



hung out to dry

despite playing fair

they don’t care

you still fucked

© 2017 michael d emmerich

Some Kind of Pain

oh that

exquisite beautiful tragedy

giving birth to

amazing creativity

…..

nobody feels any pain

nobody feels any joy

…….

to feel joy

you must first experience pain

…….

or is it

the other way round?

© 2017 michael d emmerich

The Road oft Travelled

travelling into my space

that road oft travelled

neither visitor or tenant be

just passing by



stopping to stare

donning spectacles of perspective

discovering what lies beneath

as I a passer-by be



dream or dead space?

haunted by conversations

of those who reside on yonder

neighbours they not be



in transit, not overnighting

reading what lies beneath

obligated to document

that others might believe

© 2017 michael d emmerich

A Dystopian Landscape

A series of pictures I took last week, whilst out on my mountain bike in The DRC (Africa), reminded me of a barren wind swept post apocalypse, dystopian landscape. The pictures are of a mine waste dump, so the soil is lifeless, the water is questionable at best, and the wind whips up the waste product into dust clouds that hang in the air, and distort the horizon.

These images have nudged my mind to craft a short story – what do they do for you? what emotions do they evoke?

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What are your favourite Dystopian Novels?

Here are a few of mine: (in no particular order – and I know I have left out so many more)

  • 1984 (1949)George Orwell
  • Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep? (1968)Philip K. Dick
  • Brave New World (1932)Aldous Huxley
  • Farenheit 451 (1953)Ray Bradbury
  • Logan’s Run (1967)William F. Nolan & George Clayton Johnson
  • Neuromancer (1984)William Gibson
  • The Running Man (1982)Richard Bachman (Stephen King)
  • The Drowned World (1962)J.G. Ballard
  • The Road (2006)Cormac McCarthy
  • The Postman (1985) – David Brin
  • The White Plague (1982) – Frank Herbert
  • The Children of Men (1992) – P. D. James
  • A Canticle for Leibowitz (1960) – Walter M. Miller Jr.

Feel free to add to this list 🙂 – hopefully you will mention some that I have not yet encountered.

Creative Playlists

This post rises from the ashes of an article I penned sometime back; On the Celebration of Creativity, at that time, one of my avid followers Juandre Hayton requested that I share my (creative) playlists, the music I listen to when I want to be inspired. Sorry its taken so long Juandre and thanks for the reminder – mate 🙂

I have at least 5 playlists that I plug into, and they are mainly dominated by Bob, Bruce and David. The lyrics of Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen always come to the fore – my Bob&Bruce playlist, which is collectively all their music that I have, over a 1,000 songs, even keeps me company on long runs, MTB rides and gym workouts (lexiebrookeblog) Within the playlist, Bruce’s 3 raw acoustic albums Nebraska, Devils and Dust and The Ghost of Tom Joad dominate, at times I just let an album play out, in its entirety  …..  in my trusty headphones.

These, the are the music playlists, that keep me flitting on the edges of deep dark thoughtful emotions.

“A great deal of poetic work has arisen from various despairs.”

Lou Andreas-Salomé, the First Woman Psychoanalyst, on Depression and Creativity in Letters to Rilke

Play List Titles

Each list serves a different inspirational purpose – and it really just depends on my mood on the day, at times I start with one playlist and then switch to another.

Bob&Bruce: collectively all their music that I have, about 1,000 plus songs. These two articles discuss my Fav Bob albums and songs, the songs/albums that inspire me: My Top 10 Bob Dylan Songs and My Top 10 Bob Dylan Love Songs

Prog Rock Rules: I love the melodic, synth, orchestral sounds of (Classic) Progressive Rock; here you will find Wendy Carlos, Rick Wakeman, Iron Butterfly, ELP, Tonoto’s Expanding Headband, King Crimson, Tangerine Dream, Alan Parsons and Strawbs.

Obscured at the Rainbow: includes my favourite Pink Floyd Albums (Dark Side, Wish You Were Here, Momentary Lapse, Endless River, Division Bell, Zabriskie Point) and the 4 solo albums of David Gilmour. read about my love of Gilmour here: The Solace in the Silence

The Boss: Just Bruce, but then I do play some albums on their own, the three I mentioned above, plus Magic, The Rising, We Shall Overcome … and others 🙂  Check out this article to read my perspective on the songs of Bruce: The Bard of New Jersey

Ulver: I have a preference for their more recent experimental albums; THEMES FROM WILLIAM BLAKE’S THE MARRIAGE OF HEAVEN AND HELL , The Assassination of Julius Caesar, Wars of the Roses, Blood Inside and Shadows of the Sun. Check them out at: Ulver

These songs/music help me step back and detach, or at times just drag me right into their maw. I hope you enjoy the journey when you dive into them, and I would love to hear about your inspirational music.

FYI: I was listening to Bruce’s Devils and Dust album while penning this post 🙂

“It’s by writing… by stepping back a bit from the real thing to look at it, that we are most present.”

Alison Bechdel on Writing, Therapy, Self-Doubt, and How the Messiness of Life Feeds the Creative Conscience

Happy Birthday Bruce

A day late, but Happy Birthday The Boss, 68 yesterday. Thanks for all the great music, memories and reflections that your music continues to deliver. In refection, on those memories, I am posting a link to an article I penned earlier this year.

Some of his greatest work, in my opinion, are his three acoustic albums, they are stark, dark and raw. They claw at the very fabric of society, lifting the covers and showing the dark underbelly, that exists right in front of us, but we are at times, to blind to see.

The Bard of New Jersey

So Happy Birthday to a great musician, artist and writer … may you continue to bless us with heartfelt and soul searching lyrics. Strength to you and love and peace to all …

 

 

My Poetry is …..

neither a shout

or a scream

not a whimper

or a whisper

….....

but an eruption

of emotion

from within

….......

once released

it plots its own path

and passion

towards darkness

or light
...

© 2017 michael d emmerich

Alive, but?

duty calls

conflicting with the heart

which is more important

what do we know?



does not knowing

burden the weary traveller

sadness presses down

but we are alive



beaten down

by the weight of fate

alone we stand

shoulder to shoulder



how cautious can we be?

stand up and be free

whilst continuously

coming up for air

© 2017 michael d emmerich