Sylvia’s Mother

Sylvia’s Mother video

Performed by: Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show

Writer(s): Shel Silverstein

The Unknown

 

Originally published on the Literati Mafia

galaxies beguile and beckon,
mouths of black holes yawn.
I face the unknown, bent of body, but bright of mind,
not fearing the dawn
of old age that comes
to all stars, planets, and man.
I face the unknown, time running through my fingers
like grains of silvered sand.

Photo via Dreamstime

Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around

Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around video

Performed by: Stevie Nicks and Tom Petty

Writer(s): Tom Petty and Mike Campbell

Apathy’s Ascension

devils, demons, and harridans
stomp with jack boots through my brain
trampling reason, trampling logic,
trampling all that is sane

razor teeth tear apart fragile trust
revealing perceived lies
sugar-coated in honeyed words
malleable untruths survive

venomous thoughts frolic and feast
leaving famine in their wake
an empty shell of a mind
filled with nothing, it breaks

and collapses inward
into the pit of passion’s death
taking a war-ravaged spirit
that at long last has found rest

Photo via Pixabay

Dance in the Dark

Dance in the Dark video

Performed by: Lady Gaga

Writer(s): Stefani Germanotta (Lady Gaga) and Fernando Garibay

The Last Dance

Originally published on the Literati Mafia

I stood out on the deck, staring up at the night sky into the face of the end of the world.

Inside, my family and a large group of their friends drank and laughed and danced to old songs, some I remembered, some I didn’t. Upstairs, my two little brothers and the younger kids of the partiers’ slept—with a little help from Benadryl—blissfully unaware of the fact they would never wake up.

In the valley below, the town sparkled like the Fourth of July, now a month past. The sultry breeze carried the faint sounds of music and laughter up the steep hillside to my family’s summer home.

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