Of Joy and Suffering.

This post is a little different. Rather than starting with the poem then giving notes, the notes come first, poem after the break.

This is a poem I wrote a while back, not sure when, probably within the past 2 years. It came to me as a song though. It has a folky ballad kind of sound. That’s another distinguishing feature to this post, I don’t write songs, I’m not terribly musically inclined.

The melody is somewhat inspired by the song “The Greatest Adventure” by Glen Yarborough as featured in the cartoon version of The Hobbit (from 1977).

At least one verse doesn’t flow with the melody well…I messed up on the meter somewhere.

I sang it tonight, for the first time ever, aloud, and in front of people. I think I need to fix the wonky verse, maybe tweak the order a little, the record it … and have someone who can write music put a backing track to it…maybe. Or maybe it’ll stay a capella. If I’m not terribly self-conscious after I get it recorded I’ll post here by way of YouTube…but that might never happen either.

This piece of work is also different from the rest of the work I’ve published here so far in the license, it’s CC-BY-NC — Creative Commons; Attribution; No Commercial.

Basically it means that you are welcome to take it and do whatever you like with it, with two caveats: 1: You can’t sell it, or what you create from it. 2: You have to give me credit for the original work.


 

Of Joy and Suffering.

Some things in life stay with us forever.
Some things in life last a long, long time.
Some things in life are gone in an instant.
Sometimes life seems to pass us by.

Heartache and sorrow seem to stay with us forever.
Heartache and sorrow last a long, long time.
Heartache and sorrow are gone in an instant.
Heartache and sorrow just pass us by.

The names that they call us stay with us forever.
The names that they call us last a long, long time.
The names that they call us are gone in an instant.
The names that they call us just pass us by.

Best friends stay forever.
Friends last you a lifetime.
Best friends can be gone in an instant.
Best friends sometimes pass us by.

The bumps and the bruises stay with us forever.
The bumps and the bruises last a long, long time.
The bumps and the bruises are gone in an instant.
The bumps and the bruises just pass us by.

Some things in life stay with us forever.
Some things in life just pass us by.
Some things in life are gone in an instant.
Some things in life last a long, long time.

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Of Joy and Suffering. by Sean Prunka is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.

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