I once had to have eight stitches
having danced on a slippery pub floor.
Those were the days, those memories,
I just don’t do that anymore.
Some young boys with knives robbed a hair salon
not too far from my home.
That won’t be a memory I want to keep,
I’ll forget it in years to come.
Charlie Sheen won’t pay his alimony!
I read it in a magazine.
Yes, gossip is fun for the moment, but
as memories go, I’m not keen.
Listen up, it’s important, one thing I’ve learned:
promise small and deliver big.
This I really wish someone had told me
back when I was a little kid!
Choices are also important, you know?
My mother’s death taught me that.
It’s one of the memories I have of her
and I’ll never ever forget.
A singer we’ve all heard of from Roxette
said: When I couldn’t speak, I could hum.
This is also an important lesson;
without a voice you’re not always dumb.
The moral of the story that I’ve told you?
Life’s a struggle for one and all.
Some good-time memories we should save
as in bad times they’ll keep us warm.
However, we need to remember that
not all we read or know
is something worth being a memory,
of some things we should just let go.
Today’s prompt over at Imaginary Garden with Real Toads was called Poem a Day: Next Stop Wonderland and I really, really struggled with it. Then again, a challenge is always good, right? The task was to pick sentences or words at random from randomly selected books and turn them into a poem. I had to go with a bit of a variation on the theme since I haven’t been around much books today. Instead I picked through some magazines at the hairdressers, chose some sentences and went to work. The magazines, quotes and who/what it was about is listed below (in Swedish and English).
Magazine: Damernas Värld: Person quoted: Marie Fredriksson (singer in Roxette): när jag inte kunde tala kunde jag i alla fall nynna (when I couldn’t speak, at least I could hum)
Magazine: Amelia: Person quoted: Underbara Clara (blogger): mammas död har lärt mig välja (my mother’s death has taught me to make choices.
Local newspaper: Mitti Upplands Bro: Headline: pojkar med kniv rånade frisörer (boys with knives robbed hair salon)
Magazine: Damernas värld: Person quoted: E.L. James (author): jag har lärt mig en sak: lova väldigt tunt och leverera stort (I’ve learned one thing: promise small and deliver big)
Magazine: Amelia: Person quoted: Rebecka Åhlund (journalist/writer): En gång fick jag sy åtta stygn för att jag dansat på ett halkigt pubgolv i Borås. (I once had to have eight stitches after dancing on a slippery pub floor in Borås)
Magazine: Veckans Nu: Person quoted: Denise Richards: Charlie vägrar betala underhåll (Charlie – as in Sheen – won’t pay his alimony)