NaPoWriMo Day #3
Today’s prompt invited me to look up the #1 pop song on my birthday and write a poem inspired by that song. I could also look up another significant date and use the song associated with that date instead. I tried my birthday, and then the day that my husband and I always celebrated as the day of our first kiss. I have to say that the first option won out. Poems I have written inspired by my love for my husband will have to wait. Especially since I am posting this in advance (courtesy the techno savvy of my friend Helen) because I am taking my kids to the Museum of Science and Industry for their birthdays today…their 23rd and 25th birthdays (kids never outgrow museums!). I want to give my husband and the poetry he inspires a bit more time.
The number one hit song on the day that I was born was…..”The Locomotion” by Little Eva.
I had an immediate association. Not with the song, specifically. With a train. Steve has taken to describing my typical M.O. as “the freight train”. It has to do with a very focused, linear way of acting. I get into a task-oriented mode when I’m trying to get something accomplished. I do not like to get side-tracked when I am operating like that. I like to streamline and simplify and do one thing after another until the whole bloody thing is finished. God help you if you get in my way. That’s what cow catchers are for. It can be an effective way of doing things. Steve, however, likes to be “light on his feet”, like a river, like a school of fish, shaped by movement and fluidity. There are advantages to that, too. Anyway, it’s one of our points of reference when discussing our differences and trying to achieve compromise.
That’s the back story. Here’s the poem:
Was I born to do this straight-track motion
Or was I just trained?
Was chugging along my very first notion?
Was it always ingrained?
It’s not much of a dance.
It’s not fluid with grace.
There’s not much of a chance
Of a partner to face
When we’re all in a line
Going forward full speed.
Someone’s always behind;
Someone’s always the lead.
So “ev’rybody’s doing it”,
And that may be true.
But, c’mon baby, are you sure it’s for you?
I think this is my moment to jump off the track.
And, no, I’m not asking for my money back.