Our playlist pays homage to the ballad, a narrative poem put to music. Never pretentious or fussy, ballads have a way of equalizing the human condition. They are timeless. The plainspoken language of ballads remind us to listen well, keep it simple, and if all else fails… dance.
Thanks to everyone who participated in last week’s poetry prompt. Here’s a poem from Michelle we enjoyed:
the one that got away was never
meant for me to hold
though i stand barefoot and
firm in silt at the cool water’s
edge hands poised to trap the
silver beauty and bring her to
though she glides into the space
between my palms and our vibrations
though i deftly close my hands
around her facile form the grasp only
serves as a warning and propels her into
she is gone before i can exhale
though my hands are far from empty
as her opalescent scales bedazzle
Ballads often weave interesting stories alongside a deeper message. The songs usually leave enough space and shadow for the moral lesson to be left to interpretation.
POETRY PROMPT: In just a few stanzas, write a ballad about a superstition in your family. Does it work? Where did it originate? What was it meant to teach?
Sometimes we feature your poems in Every Day Poems, with your permission of course. Thanks for writing with us!