Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Just a Man

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Rocks in my shoe
A thorn in my hand
Wind blowin' in my face
I'm just a man

Walkin' round mountain high
Watchin' eagles fly on by
Bears growl by my side
I'm just a man

I'm just a man
I'm just a man
I'm just a man
I am

Got a poem on my tongue
Pierced words for lost love
Your face stains my brain
Blue eyes blink insane

Miserable
I'm just a man

Runnin' way
I'm just a man

I'm just a man so plain
I'm just a man in pain

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NOTE:  A recoring of this poem in song is located at the bottom of this poetry section.
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Special Thanks to Don Ross for guitar music @Candyrat / Goby Fish Music/ Don Ross 2010
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This is for Poets Rally 46.

40 comments:

Blaga said...

Being just a man sometimes it's great! And the pain ... it always goes away ...

Loved the three header! First time here and I like it! Thanks for the sweet words you left at my blog!

Monika said...

This I would call a perfect imagery. I am just a man, plain, in pain. Simply Wow! Straight touching the senses, analyzing the thoughts in a way that connects to speechlessness of life. Amazing!

Andrew Rivera said...

Your style reminds me of Robinson Jeffers. I love it. Keep up the writing, friend.

tinkerbel1987 said...

Lovely poem really engaging into the imagery :)

catieeliza said...

"Got a poem on my tongue
Pierced words for lost love
Your face stains my brain
Blue eyes blink insane" I really love the words and ideas in this stanza/verse, it's really clever and full of emotion. It's poems like this that remind me that I really love poetry. :] xx

Henry Clemmons said...

Thank you for the comments. I would like to mention there is a live recording of the poem just above the post n my Blog. I'm not sure if it is not showing up in your view when you link to this poem, or it is just bad. But I was wondering what ya'll thought of that too. Thank you for comments though.

Natasha said...

Thanks for the link, KID! :) I thought the song was awesome! You've got some jazz, funk, fusion going on that's right up my ally...and you said you couldn't sing! Kick started my morning in a very funky way! :) Original, unique...nothing going on right now in my musical bubble that compares. The lyrics are wonderful, and the music stylings were unexpected indeed. Did you write the music as well? Loved it :)

mpucukilalang said...

nice to meet you Mr. Clemmons...
inspiring poem.... i would love to hear the song version.. :)

Henry Clemmons said...

The song is right above the poem in the long box. Thanks for the comment!
@Natash, thanks, thought you might like that!

Ann Grenier said...

I like the imagery in your poem. Love the first and last verses. I know nothing about music but I enjoyed listening to your song. So interesting, too, to hear the voice of a person whose written words one has been reading.

Judith C Evans said...

Love both the written and sung versions of this poem. Even without music, your words read like a song. Great job!

Jingle said...

a man in plain,
a man in pain,

love the words that explain
and entertain.

well done.

alivealways said...

Nice poem to show limitations, just a man.
Audio version is quite appealing as well. Nice going!

Ina said...

I heard the song, that is lovely, and just being a man can't be too bad? :)

tarunima said...

Your words sing:)
i like both the written version and sung version of the poem:)

Thoughts Not Lost said...

This poem should be set to music, it has that quality. Amazing job!

lonelyrecluse said...

Great poem, but there is no "just" involved in being a man (or woman), for to be a man (or woman) is to be alive, to be so capable of so many things. To be a man (or woman) is an amazing thing, through pleasure or pain. Loved the poem even if I disagree with the refrain.
The Lonely Recluse

Henry Clemmons said...

@Thoughts Not Lost, thanks for the comment, but the poem is set to music. It's in the box right above the poem. Thanks again for giving me a visit.

bharat chandran said...

"I'm just a man so plain
I'm just a man in pain" Love these words.. Great poem..

15homegreenhome said...

Love your poetry- great imagery

Henry Clemmons said...

I moved the recorded version of this poem in song toward the bottom of this blog. Some great guitar work; should check it out.

robin said...

"Your face stains my brain.." i love that. makes me ponder.

Jay said...

This is just beautiful.I specially loved the "I'm just a man" refrain.A lovely read!

K McGee said...

Beautiful, soulful, and rhythmic. Your lines of verse are incredible in themselves, but the flow and repetition adds so much more. Bravo!

mindlovemisery said...

I loved this especially with audio because I could really hear the rhythm (I am afraid I have none of my own lol). This is really cool! You have balls I thought of reading a poem and that seemed scary singing is a whole other beast

WyomingDiva said...

The song didn't do much for me, but I really liked the poem. Sometimes, all we can (and should be) is just ourselves.

mairmusic said...

I love the repetition of this-- like chant or a mantra.

$unshine of the Moon said...

Wow!! So few and true words weaved in with soul stirring music.......brilliantly expressed :)

Lena said...

Hey! Hey! You don't come across many poems set to music. I love the concept of this! Guitar is working well, too!

Fabulous wording, and a clever method to help keep your words within us throughout the day! Hope you do more of these...!

aynsley7 said...

Wow... I was completely blown away. I hope to read more of your poetry in the future. Thanks for sharing this work of art.

Cindy eksuzian said...

In this poem, you communicated the beauty of a man. Really incredible and thanks for sharing it!

magdalenahermanstories said...

Wow! Very humanly approach, and so sincere... I like the recording experiment, you're not that bad at singing ;)

bendedspoon said...

I'm just a man but there's so much in it; in a man; in you. Love this one :)

Mr. Walker said...

Henry, I like "Pierced words for lost love" following right after "tongue" - that is a good pun.

Richard

bodhirose said...

Henry, you did such a great job at recording your song/poem. I really enjoyed both.

That tree photo is astounding. Also enjoyed your tree slideshow.

So loved my visit here today. Thanks.

Gayle

beccagivens said...

Your face stains my brain


Sounds great to music ... well done!

seabell said...

The words and the voice, definitively! :)

Jack Edwards Poetry said...

Strong poem with great use of repetition.

Lolamouse said...

Great use of repetition to get your point across. Excellent poem!

Apryl Gonzales said...

I love the rhythm of this... it would be a great spoken piece. Well written :)

I'm Just a Man (Recording Experiment ... I can't sing)

I am in the mood to change my tree to a cubic version.