Monthly Archive for August, 2009

Poem vs. Song

Earlier this week, one of my co-workers asked me if I like poetry. I replied that I like a some poetry, but on the whole I wasn’t really into it, party because I don’t understand a lot of it. I said something to the effect that anybody could throw a bunch of words together and call it a poem. I then said that music is a lot harder to produce, not anybody can compose a song and have it be judged as decent. This made poetry inherently inferior to music. This got my co-worker really riled up, even though as the discussion elevated I noticed that I had gotten myself into a corner. I didn’t really think poetry was inherently inferior to music, it was just my opinion that it wasn’t as good.

My co-worker said that it would actually easier for him to compose a song than a poem. So the lab decided to hold a competition, I would write a poem and my co-worker that write a song. The next day my three other co-workers would judge them both American Idol style and the winner would be decided. To make the story short I won! I don’t really know what this proved. Did it prove that poems are easier to write than songs? Or did it prove that poetry can kick music’s ass? I don’t know, but I’m pretty sure we were all winners that day. My poem [untitled]…

Bristlecaps. Thumbelinas, and corkscrews
All fine tools for Krackerwack
Whether lending a sole or patching a mule
Everyone rejoices on the fields of Mar
The brisk wind carries sweet smells
And greetings from old friends
As you feel the warmth from your rosy cheeks
You realize its time to begin

Unfortunately, my co-worker refused to have his song published. It was a bright and upbeat song called Funny Farm. I really wish you could have heard it, it reminded me of one of the Pokémon background themes on crack.

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