Introduction: “Missing You” comes in many mind-flavors. My poem is an ‘erasure poem’ using the lyrics from these songs which have very different emotional tones. I have linked their YouTube performances for your pleasure and here is my lyric-erasure worksheet.
- Painful sadness [Eric Clapton, “Tears in Heaven“]
- Cute sappiness [The Beatles, “All My Loving“]
- Morbid self-pity [Blink-182, “I Miss You“]
- Bizarre cynicism [Björk, “I Miss You“]
I don’t belong here
peaking in your morgue
kissing your lips of treason
Stop this habit of pain
I can’t stay here
beyond the door in heaven’s nightmare
where tears are more important
You are gorgeous, my best souvenir
I close my eyes and miss you
eating the voice(s) inside my head
— by Sabio Lantz
Process: Stuart, at d’Verse Poets Pub, asks us to write on “Missing You” but alas, my muses would not stir. Feelings or memories of “missing” did not come up easily for me last night or this morning. Cynically I thought of how “Missing You” is common a theme in many popular songs. Yet I thought, “Gee maybe they will offer inspiration for my muses.” And while listening, I remembered Anna’s last prompt of ‘erasure poetry’ and decided to use the technique she shared on four songs above and my muses awoke. My method was to choose lyrics that stood out to me (red) and then narrowed them down (blue). Thanks, Stuart and Anna.
If you have read this far, please let me know what emotional mind-flavor my poem conveys to you.