The force of the light is the theme

img_4059How soothing at the lake,
the water pooling in.
Birds and kid sounds,
a gull burrowed
down,
a helicopter seed-
pod’s propeller
spinning,
brown:
I watched it
all the way,
thought
I could
stay here
all day,
on the seam
between winter
and spring,
a dance where
they swoop
and swing,
they meet for a minute,
then go:
buds on the rose
bush, a chance
for lowland
snow.

The force of the light
is the theme,
this dance
along spring
and winter’s
seam.

About pinklightsabre

William Pearse publishes memoir, travel journals, poetry and prose, and lives in the Pacific Northwest.
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30 Responses to The force of the light is the theme

  1. walt walker says:

    I like the rhyme pattern. I’m one of those who still think it’s okay for a poem to rhyme. I say that because my understanding is that at some point the poets decided poems shouldn’t rhyme anymore. Whenever that happened, I was like, what? And they were like, yeah, and I was like, okay, well, I always thought it was okay if you wanted it to, but whatever.

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    • pinklightsabre says:

      That’s good, the wood (the Norwegian wood). I felt conflicted about the rhyme here, wasn’t sure about it. But you’re a traditionalist somewhat aren’t you? Why not. I wanted to try, so there you go. I’ll confess. I was chuffed you read it tonight truly, thank you. It’s late and thats grate.

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  2. walt walker says:

    I do think there is value in tradition. And not that it can’t be challenged or questioned, it can. But at the same time I don’t think there is anything inherently valuable about “pushing the envelope,” either. At least not just for the sake of pushing it, which is sometimes championed as it’s own worthwhile thing. There is no value in poking the anthill just to watch the ants react. And none of that has anything to do with your comment or poem. It’s just that it’s late and I worked tonite and I might have had a couple of refreshing adult beverages after the proverbial whistle blew. Listened to an Echo and the Bunnymen album on the way home from ’99 called What Are You Going To Do With Your Life. That’s a great effin record. Have you heard it? It’s one of those ones where all the songs kind of sound the same, but the song they all sound like is a really good one.

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    • pinklightsabre says:

      What? How is it possible I don’t know that record or if what thy speak? I dare not google this aborition. Have I misspelled the? I dare say. Goeth to bed, Goethe.

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      • walt walker says:

        Look it up. YouTube it. It’s a good’n. I like it anyway. Might not be your cup of tea, though. Probably isn’t, come to think. I’d be curious to hear what you think of it though. Also, don’t boss me around. I shall Goethe to bed when I whisheth, Young Werther.

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      • pinklightsabre says:

        Ha ha ha that’s good. I’ll look it up. Fucking a right matey. Have an avocado 🥑

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      • walt walker says:

        I’ll take your avocado and in return offer you this here link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fKU52Ct8gs0

        Now I will go to bed, on my own terms, thank you.

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      • pinklightsabre says:

        You like to think it’s your terms but there are conditions, man. Look it up: terms and conditions man. No links, no monkey tricks. Fart on this pal.

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      • walt walker says:

        I don’t understand this no links no monkey farts business you’re running. I’m listening now to an Echo album (or do the cool kids say ‘Bunnymen album’?) from 2005, and it’s not quite as good, but it’s got some good stuff on it. And I’ve never heard of it before, so it could be fake news that I might lash out against in the morning on Twitter.

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      • pinklightsabre says:

        OK yes. The cool kids same “Echo” (I think, I’d just have to check — wouldn’t want to start some false news thread). And yes, I am aware of that album. Because you like it I will listen to it. I was a dick about those later records when I’d go see them live. They’d play a song or two from them and even though the songs were good, because they weren’t from the first, like ‘essential’ (I guess the only “first”) four records, I didn’t give them much attention. His voice is different, in a good way on that album. (From ’99) Man that guy smokes cigarettes; I haven’t seen someone so lovingly smoke and blow smoke on stage. Even when it was no-smoking policies he still smoked. I’d like to be that guy who can do that, who no one tells to get off stage.
        For what it’s worth, Ian left the band for a period in the early 90s and they put out a different record with a different singer, just called it Echo & the Bunnymen (I think) and that singer, that album was fantastic. Strange huh? Like Echo’s version of Sammy Hagar. Or AC/DC’s Brian (what’s his last name, not Jones). You know what I mean. Back to my coffee and Bach now. Back in Bach! I’m BACK IN BACH.

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      • walt walker says:

        Okay, so I was going to say the only “Echo” song I knew prior to the album I mentioned was the one from that Pretty in Pink movie. But then I googled it just so I wouldn’t look even more stupid than I really am and remembered Pretty in Pink was not Echo but The Psychedelic Furs. I’m pretty sure I’ve heard an early Echo song or two, but I can’t think of one. I was aware of them back in the day but don’t recall listening to them unless maybe they came on the radio or something, but I don’t remember them being on the radio much, either. That album I mentioned is the only one of theirs I’ve heard, and I think it’s great. I’d be curious to hear the one with the other guy. Brian Johnson is the guy from AC/DC, but he joined in 1980 and was their guy until like, last year, when he had to quit or go deaf. But it’s cool how between the two of us we know all the history. There’s a podcast in our future, I think.

        If you’re going to listen to an album just because I like it, it should be Teenage Fanclub’s Grand Prix. The single most under-appreciated album known to me. It’s some seriously catchy pop-rock with fantastic hooks that are never cheesy, just great. I just deleted several sentences that were starting to turn into a blog post, so we’ll have to leave it at that. I probably won’t do a post on it, just found myself going off on an in depth tangent and overthinking what I was saying, as always, so I’ll stop. For those about to Bach, I salute you.

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      • pinklightsabre says:

        “Fire!!”

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      • pinklightsabre says:

        But seriously…thanks for the teenage fan club tip and I’ll have a look, a listen. Let it be.

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      • pinklightsabre says:

        Easy to confuse Echo and Psychedelic Furs but no comparison with quality, none. I think Echo had a song (Lips like Sugar) featured in one of those 80s films, maybe that’s the brain fart thing happening there. They are/were the real deal.

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      • walt walker says:

        Ah yes, Lips Like Sugar, I do remember that one. I’ve been thinking about that music and the fashion and some of the teen films of that era lately, and how, in my mind anyway, they are inextricably linked, completely wound up together and attached to a certain set of feelings too, that maybe don’t even exist anymore outside of that time. Wouldn’t mind watching some of that stuff again, for old times sake. I haven’t seen the Breakfast Club, for example, since I watched it on video in the 80s.

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      • pinklightsabre says:

        I think the film Garden State was like that but for a different generation.

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      • pinklightsabre says:

        They had a good run of it. And I like their fascination with the band The Doors and then the fact Manzarek kind of took them under his wing for a time. Cool stuff.

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  3. Gregg Johnson says:

    Love this!

    best, gregg

    gregg s johnson 206 399 3066

    Pardon my brevity, I’m sending this message from a mobile device.

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  4. ksbeth says:

    in the middle – nice

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  5. Lynn Love says:

    Love that ‘seam’ between spring and winter – spot on Bill

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    • pinklightsabre says:

      I’ll reuse that a few times, have done already…think you tapped into the first time I did! Thanks Lynn. Was very cool to see all these notifications come through from you while I was driving into work. I might have rear-ended someone at the stoplight! Ha!

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