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TOPIC: "Song or Poetry?"

Our friend Craig is a balladeer in the fine tradition of Texas singer songwriters. Craig warns songwriters not to mistake themselves for poets. He says if you just read the words without the music, man, it’s just NOT POETRY.

So we thought we’d check:

If I had a hammer I’d hammer in the morning,
I’d hammer in the evening all over this land.
I’d hammer out danger;
I’d hammer out warning;
I’d hammer out love between my brothers and my sisters all over this land.

Yeah, dude, that’s a LOT of repetition for a poem. But man, that’s like the ESSENCE of a hammer, Craig. Over and over. Same with a bell and ringing.

Now let’s try to say the same thing in real poetry—without music:

And omission…mission…mission
By physician ..sician…sician
Your condition…dition…dition
From propecia…pecia…pecia.

Wow. Totally poetic, cuz that last line DOES NOT RHYME!

So here’s the difference: In the song you get hammer, hammer, hammer like justice pounded out, but obvious. With true, music-less poetry you get slowly lulled—into baldness! And THAT, man, is full evolution and oneness with all creation in a world hurtling toward total soil erosion. Think about it. Thanks, Craig.

Peace out.