NUMBER 85

Yesterday at the farm down the road I had a chat with Number 85. We got on OK but our conversation was a one-sided affair. Because of that I thought I’d ask the lamb a few easy questions. It went like this. “What would you call a long rigid piece of metal?” The lamb answered, “Bar.” Next, “What would you call a counter in a pub?” Answer, “Bar”. Then “Another word for ‘obstacle’ please?” “Bar” said the lamb. And lastly, “Name a short section into which a piece of music is divided?” The lamb nailed it, saying, “Bar.” That’s one clever lamb.


THE CHATTER OF THE MINDLESS


The innocence of madness spells regret
An arrogance of kindness tells me it’s not over yet
Not over until its end is reached
Not over until the whale is washed up upon the beach


The impotence of passion cuts my flesh
The gentle bliss of ignorance keeps inflamed wounds fresh
And the chatter of the mindless in distress
Like white noise in some headphones just sounds a total mess


The sorry dance of others playing games
A maze of insinuation playing havoc with the sane
And Joan of Arc’s cold vision strikes a chord
Violins and mediation, or drum beats and the sword?


The mist of prosecution clouds my case
The only thing I’m guilty of is remembering your face
You left behind your favour but not your grace
Does all your returned mail get to end up in deep space?


So just who claims the higher ground?
You’re still taking prisoners even though you have been crowned
The Monarch of all that you survey?
If you’re being truthful you’d have it no other way


Disillusioned martyrs run for cover
Don’t want to share a grave with some radicalised brother
It’s for the best you lock away their guns
Bombs and poor excuses won’t save any mother’s son
Bombs and poor excuses save no one
Bombs and poor excuses hit and run


Short of creativity I scrolled back to 2013. I’d just started uni. The words above were a mock-up lyrical verse I never got around to use for a song. I’m still trying to work out if it’s got legs.



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39 thoughts on “NUMBER 85

    1. Thanks, Yasmin. I’d like to write poetry like you. True. As a songwriter, I work in verse when planning a lyric. I enjoy it but there’s something special about poetry, especially the ones that don’t need music to get their words together. Keep on writing ~ George

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      1. You are welcome, George. More lockdown time where I live . Frustrating .
        What you write takes a creative look at the way the world is shaping up . That is genius. I admire your ingenuity..

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      2. I guess we all try our best. The worst part of any art is making it in an environment – like lockdown – that kills creativity like a virus does people. I wish it was different ~ George

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  1. I miss seeing little lambs in the fields! Just to let you know, the paperback version of your poetry book is winging its way across the ocean to me. It should be here before the end of the month – really looking forward to reading it 🙂

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    1. Thank you, Marisse. I think No. 85 was a shy lamb, just talking ‘bar’. Her friend I noticed did a lot of ‘baaaaaahhhhr’s’. Thanks again ~ George

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  2. I talk to animals all the time, indeed, I also talk to plants, particularly trees.

    I fear I may be turning into prince charlie… without all the titles (or the money!!!).

    Nice lyric. Maybe you should consult with No 85 about its potential. He seems like a very wise animal, wiser than I… anyway, I’m sure you can put a tune to it and make it sound wonderful. You usually do!

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    1. Thanks. My mum spends most of her life talking to animals and plants and I can confirm she has no time for the royals, so no worries there. With songwriting this past year adapting words and creating music gets harder by the day. I’m hoping this year things get better. Thanks again ~ George

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  3. “ A maze of insinuation playing havoc with the sane” speaks to the modern media better than anything I have heard lately, especially here in Oz. Smart sheep but then all of us are when asked the right questions 😉 hope you’re well George

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  4. Such great lyrics. ‘ You left behind your favour but not your grace’..an awesome line ❤️.. Maybe don’t over work the lyrics on this too much or they may lose their essence. I love your lyrics and blog. Good luck with your creativity. ❤️🌻🌺

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    1. Thanks for reading, Mairi. This is a difficult number. Basic verse often – like this one – have far too many words and, the title aside, has no decent scope for the repetition I looking for. It’s one of those cases of a creativity that this lockdown has killed. Since teenage I’ve been lucky to have been able to compose instrumentals across many genres as well as melodic, lyric based songs, so easily. 10 years on I’m struggling. I’ll do my best though, yet it’s been nearly a year now that I’ve been rejecting just about every thing I’ve touched. Something has to happen soon. Thanks again ~ Zoolon aka George

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      1. Yes….I share your experience of creativity being numbed by the Lockdowns . I have written few new poems this past year, and have turned to other forms of creativity to stay balanced…I have had to limit my exposure to the toxic News Media and Social Media, and have found that this helps. Thanks for following both of my sites. Keep your dreams alive.

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