Titled

25 Jul

Had fun in church this morning, trying not to laugh at my neighbour.  People were nattering through the notices and without a hint of irony she turned to me as the vicar was imparting something important and said, ‘I hate it when people talk through the announcements.’

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The Writer’s Island prompt this week is ‘titles’.  We must take an album and use the song titles as they are to make a poem.  I couldn’t find inspiration that way so I have taken the song titles from Blondie’s Parallel Lines and used only those words but not in order:

Blondie as Blondie

Parallel Lines

I happen on you, one Sunday,
just hanging glass.
I’m gonna radiate heart;
love this, too.

But baby, will I fade away?
Know, pretty girl: anything.
Or know of another way.

Picture the telephone:
11:59.
Go away.
And don’t.

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I never said it would be good!  Here are the titles:

  • Hanging on the Telephone
  • One Way or Another
  • Picture This
  • Fade Away and Radiate
  • Pretty Baby
  • I Know But I Don’t Know
  • 11:59
  • Will Anything Happen?
  • Sunday Girl
  • Heart of Glass
  • I’m Gonna Love You Too
  • Just Go Away

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And here’s a little poem about titles in general:

The Thing About Poems Is

titles
are
vital

11 Responses to “Titled”

  1. Jingle July 25, 2010 at 14:57 #

    wow, what a cool list.
    😉

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  2. 1sojournal July 25, 2010 at 15:43 #

    I think it works quite well. And I have a tendency to do my own thing, often. It works for me, and I think it worked just fine for you.

    Elizabeth

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    • tillybud July 27, 2010 at 21:21 #

      I’m always doing my own thing; every failure is a lesson and every success spurs me on. It’s how we find our poetic voice, I think.

      Thanks for the encouragement; it’s always appreciated.

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  3. vivinfrance July 25, 2010 at 15:46 #

    Cleverly jumbled. Your parallel lines will never meet.
    And as for your vital titles: one for Jock. He loved the pig pun.

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    • tillybud July 27, 2010 at 21:22 #

      Send the fish-kisser a hug from me.

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  4. Mary July 25, 2010 at 17:20 #

    Quite good really. I like the ending. Go away. And don’t. How often people feel that way…it seems.

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  5. wayne July 25, 2010 at 19:41 #

    well done…thanks for sharing your words

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  6. slpmartin July 25, 2010 at 21:35 #

    Interesting poem….thanks for posting your poem.

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  7. brenda w July 26, 2010 at 14:37 #

    Tilly-The album cover is a blast from the past…whooosh!
    As for the poem….sweet ambiguity!

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  8. Nicola Batty July 29, 2010 at 14:39 #

    Your concept of the poem was even more ambitious than my Alice/Harry Potter saga!

    To keep to this dimension, it’s possible we know each other as I come from Stockport, actually Cheadle Hulme. Nic

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    • tillybud July 29, 2010 at 16:00 #

      Cheadle Heath! Do you know about the Art Gallery Writers group?

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