For today’s dverse poetics challenge, I chose the exercise set by Gretchen Leary. She asked “that you think really hard of a song that has inspired you in some way, think of the moment it locked inside of you forever, and write about that moment”. There was no hesitation, as The Strangler’s Golden Brown appeared to me just as I first heard it. Here’s the song’s video on YouTube And here’s my poem:
Golden – the sun beating down on me,
Brown – the rock pools that fascinate me,
Golden – the sands of the wide open bay,
Brown – the tan of our skin as we play.
Lying between the brown rock formation – a lido,
a golden opportunity to use the lilo,
our radio plays sweet golden sounds,
as we float some feet above brown ground.
Westward Ho! was my childhood home,
this one song sings of it alone.
Golden brown was the happy place I was in –
I had no idea they sang of heroin!
Listen to a reading on soundcloud (Lido: a public outdoor swimming pool and surrounding facilities, including part of a beach where people can swim; Lilo: an inflatable mattress for using at the pool).