In Memoriam

My father would have been 83 today, sadly he passed away 4 years ago (can’t believe it’s so long without him). I wrote this poem last year on his birthday, I still miss him, and have been thinking about him a lot of late. The loss of a parent who was dearly loved leaves a pain that always lingers. “My Fathers House” by Bruce Springsteen was playing as I wrote this eulogy last year.

fathers are refuge from the storms of life

when that safe port passes on

when the lighthouse fades

all that is left are the memories



memories never fade

they are never forgotten or passed over

they remain



memories shine through the mists of time

even when the lights fade and no one lives there

they remain constant, eternal not ethereal

these remain, never forgotten



what was once real is now no longer

the reminders of your love do not fade

they remain



through the years we walked different paths

they diverged and merged over the years

at the end they had become one

constant reminders of our togetherness



unconditional love learnt

remains

© 2016 michael d emmerich

Ode to My Beloved

you lift me up

and set me down

with you

life is rich

without you

its not life



this life

an another

can we expect more

stars are raining down

as your hair

brushes the sky



close your eyes

and dream

if you dare

this life

and then the next.

into the sunset

© 2017 michael d emmerich

My Top 10 Bob Dylan Love Songs

My next nigh on impossible task (thanks to my Dylan twitter friends), is to select my best Bob Dylan love songs. As an introduction, let me say that Together Through Life (April 2009), in my humble opinion is his most romantic album. It also depends on which reviews you read, as many of the songs are open to diverse interpretations (but that is the way Bob rolls). The entire album is bluesy jaunt as he surveys the world and country, as he slowly  drives by; never giving up on love, even if it is a shared misery.

He croaks his way through sadness, disappointment and exhaustion, “with the blood of the land in his voice”. Its an unforced, emotionally strong album coming off the back of his renaissance trilogy of albums (Time Out Of Mind, Love And Theft and Modern Times). In his own words, from the album: “I wouldn’t change it even if I could. You know what they say: It’s all good.”

I have not taken any songs from my previous list – My Top 10 Bob Dylan Songs some of those possibly could have ended up here – (barring one in the Special Mentions list at the end). I have also not included any songs from Together Through Life.

Well here goes … in alphabetical order:

Brownsville Girl – Knocked Out Loaded (1986) – A wistful lyrical song of a lover from his distant past. Dylan speaks to a lover, presumably one gone years before, and muses that she reminds him of his current love – he says she has the same “dark rhythm in her soul”. An epic and touching homage to a past lost love.

I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight – John Wesley Harding (1968) – A simple sweet song for anybody to sing to their lover, even if it is only for one night 🙂 . Light the fire, uncork the red wine and lets get cosy.

If Not For You – New Morning (1970) – A beautiful, simple love ballad. For me the best version is Bob and George Harrison, live at the Concert for Bangladesh rehearsals (1971). Their interaction, body language, smiles and laughter is just so endearing. If you have not seen this video it is a must 🙂

Is Your Love in Vain – Street Legal (1978)Dylan asks, straight out, “Are you willing to risk it all or is your love in vain?” An emotional roller coaster song about the man himself? We can hear the pain, tiredness and weariness when he says, “All right, I’ll take a chance, I will fall in love with you”.

Lay Lady Lay – Nashville Skyline (1969) – Some trivia, it was originally written for the soundtrack of the movie Midnight Cowboy, but wasn’t submitted in time to be included in the finished film. I love the live version on the Hard Rain live in concertalbum.

Love Minus Zero/No Limit – Bringing It All Back Home (1965) – I enjoy the live version The Bootleg Series Vol. 5: Bob Dylan Live 1975, The Rolling Thunder Revue  – The song is believed to be dedicated to his future wife Sara.

Precious Angel – Slow Train Coming (1979) – I very syrupy love song straight from the from the heart, its from Dylan’s religious period; there are some gems tucked away in those hidden years.

Shooting Star – Oh Mercy (1989) – Shooting stars, an analogy of religion or romance, I prefer the romance analogy. Love lost and still longed for, and then remembered. If you have not heard the MTV Unplugged reissue (1995) I urge you to download that version.

Wedding Song (Who loves you more?) – Planet Waves (1974)  One of Dylan’s, not quite lost songs from the Empire Burlesque recordings. The song is filled with loving sentiment, but there is an undercurrent of loss, and almost pleading; What’s lost is lost, “we can’t regain what went down in the flood” certainly suggests some “trouble in paradise”. But that’s why we love Bob, he always leaves us guessing.

When The Deal Goes Down – Modern Times (2006) – When I hear this song, I get the mental image of the movie; On Golden Pond, 2 elderly lovers, in their golden years, comfortable in each others company and silence; sharing their last days together, in peace and love.

Each invisible prayer is like a cloud in the air
Tomorrow keeps turning around
We live and we die, we know not why
But I’ll be with you when the deal goes down

Well Worth a  Mention:

Who Loves You More (1984)  – This is a bootleg, available on the Clean Cuts Bootleg – Who Loves You More. Click on the link, well worth a listen. Seemingly, Dylan is just pouring out random lines in relation to his love for the woman.

Mississippi – Love and Theft (2001) – The troubadours love song, the drifter, wanting his woman to stick with him in tough times, hoping for better days. There are a few other interpretations, one being a political commentary of a changing country.

Stick with me baby, stick with me anyhow
Things should start to get interesting right about now
So give me your hand and say you’ll be mine

Feel Our Love

I’ve been hit hard

seen too much

I need your touch

to be healed now

falling in love with you

‘twas the right thing to do



as the evening shadows lengthen

and the stars appear

you are there

to dry my tears

and

offer me a warm embrace

as I feel your love



tomorrow night when the sun dips

I know what I’m gonna do

hold you for a million years

to feel your love

dreams come true

in the enfolding



love

blows away

all the pain that I'm living

you believe in me

bleed for me

I know what I’m gonna do

……

feel our love

 

© 2017 michael d emmerich

Never to Far

so far away

but never to far

to not be seen

be it in your dreams

or nightmares



as real

as the here and now

for those who sleep

in that black hole

lost in time

loved eternally

inspired for life



will you stay?

sleep tight

be not afraid

the ones you love

are here with you



lay your head on your pillow

prepare a place for me

cause when you ready

I’m there

chasing rainbows

while we

dream eternally

© 2017 michael d emmerich

A Shooting Star

Dedicated to my gorgeous, patient, beautiful wife

saw your shooting star tonight

shattering the black of the night

cutting the dark apart

flying across your amber palette

burning bright for all to see



let your light shine

my darlin’

flying to where?

that’s your mystique

just keep flyin’

my darlin’



you shine best

on the darkest of nights

under the new moon

burning brightly

chasing my dark away

my darlin’



that’s what you do best

dragging me to the light

that’s you

my darlin’

© 2016 Michael D Emmerich

Lovers Eyes

snapshots of the soul

my eyes are with yours

bearing the weight of lover's eyes

blessed with the eyes of the beloved



doorway to the lover’s heart

through the looking glass

where love resides

my eyes too bright

blind, beneath your gaze



love is blind

even with open eyes

can't see beyond my lover

shot

point blank

right between the eyes

blinded by love

 

© 2016 Michael D Emmerich

Just One Breath

the beauty of love

all encompassing

enfolding

potentially unending

stop, breathe



it just takes a second

that’s all it needs

love, lust, life

always one breath away



love is beauty

wrapped in the moments

of one’s life

if you don’t stop

to breathe

you miss it



breathe deep

long & slow

relish that moment

savour it

as it passes by



maybe

you get the chance

to breathe it again

and again

 

© 2016 michael d emmerich

#micropoetry No. 7

Continuing the challenge to keep writing poems of 144 characters or less. Here are three more #micropoems. Poetry for twitter 🙂

1.

feed me don’t tease me

said the lover

gorge yourself on love

life & lust

said the beloved



2.

love is beauty wrapped

in the seconds of one’s life

if you don’t stop

to breath

you might just miss it



3.

what is worse than death

dying leaving

nothing unfinished

the elusive, yet attainable

unfinished life

 

© 2016 Michael D Emmerich

Break that Spell

morning sun is breaking

like my heart

bleeding out across the sky

I need your heart

my beloved’s heart



the spell is cast

the die is set

lost

but never this lost

my city is in ruins

your sweet kiss

rebuilds this city



tears on my pillow

as I lay my head down

emotional ruins

time to break the spell

my princess can

fairy-tale becomes real



midnight fast approaches

come on break the spell

heaven is in your heart

your kiss, your touch

breaths new life

my faith rests with you

 

© 2016 Michael D Emmerich