Modern Poetry Edition #15, (Time for Modern Poetry)


Excellent week, kids. Thanks to all who voted. You keep the poetic
integrity in the MPulitzer prizes.

The winner this week is Pink Floyd's Time, one of the more worthy MPulitzer
winners in recent weeks. Now that is a poem! Four stanzas, four lines
each -- and it makes sense, but not too much sense. It makes you think.
It's kind of deep, and unlike Peter Gabriel and Carole King, Floyd follows
up the 'death stanza' with a soft melancholy one that is almost uplifting in
context. Or at least it softens the blow a bit.

Floyd ran away with the vote, but everyone received at least one vote,
marking only the second time ever that that has happened if memory serves.

Look out for the next MP soon. Things will probably slow down here at MP HQ
as the entire staff is organizing their fantasy sports rosters. That's
right we're into poetry and fantasy football -- on both sides of the
Atlantic even!



# 15 #
[8/11/04]
**Time - Pink Floyd
Time Will Tell - Bob Marley
~What Time Is It? - The Time
Time After Time - Cyndi Lauper
Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is? - Chicago

**Winner of MPulitzer

*Time for* some more nice poems. Many on the staff thought I should repeat
Britney's 'Every Time' again in this issue, but I used my veto power to
quell that. Great googly moogly -- She's already got a prize. We ain't
turning the MP into Teen Beat.

'Time has come today' got more consideration; in the end, it did not make
the cut either.

But there are some fine selections in here, both for the reading and the
listening to. Check it...


Time - Pink Floyd
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Ticking away the moments that make up a dull day
You fritter and waste the hours in an off-hand way
Kicking around on a piece of ground in your home town
Waiting for someone or something to show you the way

Tired of lying in the sunshine staying home to watch the rain
You are young and life is long and there is time to kill today
And then the one day you find ten years have got behind you
No one told you when to run, you missed the starting gun

And you run and you run to catch up with the sun, but it's sinking
And racing around to come up behind you again
The sun is the same in the relative way, but you're older
And shorter of breath and one day closer to death

Every year is getting shorter, never seem to find the time
Plans that either come to naught or half a page of scribbled lines
Hanging on in quiet desparation in the English way
The time is gone the song is over, thought I'd something more to say


Time Will Tell - Bob Marley
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JAH would never give the power to a baldhead
Run come crucify the dread

Time alone, oh! time will tell
Think you're in heaven, but you living in hell
Think you're in heaven, but you living in hell [repeat]
Time alone, oh! time will tell
You think you're in heaven, but you living in hell

Back them up, oh not the brothers,
But the ones, who set them up

Time alone, oh! time will tell
Think you're in heaven, but you living in hell
Think you're in heaven, but you living in hell [repeat]
Time alone, oh! time will tell
You think you're in heaven, but you living in hell

Oh children weep no more
Oh my sycamore tree, saw the freedom tree
Oh children weep no more
Weep no more, children weep no more

JAH would never give the power to a baldhead
Run come crucify the dread

Time alone, oh! time will tell
Think you're in heaven, but you living in hell
Think you're in heaven, but you living in hell [repeat]
Time alone, oh! time will tell
You think you're in heaven, but you living in hell



Wild and Loose (What Time Is It? Time to get Wild and Loose) by The Time
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What time is it?

Hangin' by the backstage door, decked out like a queen.
Your body's sayin' 21, but your face says 17.
My intuition tells me, that you're waitin' for the band.
Before you get your hopes up, one thing understand.

(chorus)
Wild and loose, that's how it's got to be.
Cuz that's the only kind of dame that appeals to me.
Wild and loose, the only life I know.
Just havin' one big party from show to show.

Talkin' trash to Jimmy Jam, "Tell us where the party's at.".
We don't care who you came with, we'll take care of that.
Just meet us at the Motel, Room 602.
Tell your mama you won't be home, cuz we got plans for you.

(repeat chorus)

Universal freak delight, where'd you get those thighs?
Where did you get the nerve, to wear that miniskirt so high?
Don't worry baby, I can keep a secret for as long as snow is white.
Hey Jesse? - Yeah.
Come here man, guess what I did last night?

(repeat chorus)

Baby, you ain't no saint, cuz there ain't no in-between.
Either you come or you can't, now get loose, let me hear you scream.

(repeat chorus)

Wild and loose - Ah pardon me, say it one more time.
Wild and loose - I can't hit it baby, maybe I'm blind.
Wild and loose - Everybody know you got to be.
Wild and loose - Cuz ain't nobody cool but me, slap me.
Wild and loose - Somebody, somebody sing it.
Wild and loose - Tell your mama you won't be home.
Wild and loose - Everybody know you got to be.
Wild and loose - Ain't nobody cool but me, now break it down.

Kim, wasn't the concert great?
.... Minneapolis is mine.
Oh yeah, it sure was.
.... She was right in the front row.
.... I know man, she was sittin' there.
Did you see Jesse up there, wasn't he fine?
.... She was lookin' at me so nasty, you know what I'm sayin'?
Oh yeah.
.... But the groove was so strong.
Morris looked so good.
.... I know what I'm gonna be doin' in the back of the bus to night!
Yeah, but I think Jesse is cuter.
Oh yeah!
.... Am I right?
I wonder what they are doin' after the concert.
.... Ah, I got it to night Jimmy.
Oh yeah, I got a strange feelin' they're nasty.
.... You had it last night?
Yeah, I bet I'll remember this concert for the rest of my life.
.... The lady called me up last night.
.... She said "Morris, you can be so cute, pretty, fine, handsome,
whatever".
So will I.
Did you see Jesse's eyes, aren't they pretty?
.... What can I say? You know ...
.... Yeah, I know what you sayin' man.
Oh, they're so pretty
No one at school will ever believe I talked to Morris on the phone last
night.
.... Hey look, are they sorry, that group that played before us?
.... Oh, I believe you.
.... Jimmy Jam, you know we're good.
Hi's voice was so soft, he sounded so sweet.
.... You know when we stepped in that club.
Oh yeah, he's so cool.
.... We saw Monte sittin' back there with his little girlfriends.
Yeah, but now I want to meet'em in person.
.... I said "What is it like bein' cool?".
.... Some people have it to cool.
.... Oh, beat it jerk.
Alright, look.
God, get away, eh yuck.
.... Man, look at these two chicks over ... man, look at this, look at this.
.... Man, they look ...they look wild and loose.
Kim, you ain't gonna believe it.
The guys from THE TIME are right behind you.
.... Man, the girls are lookin' right.
.... Go on, won't y'all try and rap at'em and see what time ...
Are you serious?
.... They should take them jeans off, that's what I like.
No, I'm not ... look, I ... I mean yes I am! Over there.
.... I mean, you know, you know I got somethin' 4'em to put on.
Oh my God!
Can you believe it? Look.
.... You saw what I was with the other night?
Should I look?
Should I go over and see if he remembers me?
Oh yeah.
.... It's kinda right. Do whatever you want.
But what should I say?
Say somethin'
.... I got the back of the bus to night, that's all I got to say.
Hi ... Hi Morris.
.... Hmph! I know man. Hmm, excuse me. Hello, do I know you?
Yeah, you talked to me on the phone last night.
.... Is that right? Well, you sure don't look like you sound.
Well, excuse me!
.... It's OK baby, I got things to do, I'll talk to you later.
Jerk! That was the worst concert I've ever been to

Wild and loose

(repeat chorus)

Wild and loose - I can't hear you singin'
Wild and loose - Help me out, help me out, hey
Wild and loose - Baby, I got plans for you
Wild and loose - Everybody get loose

Fellas? - Yeah?
Where the party at? - Right here under your shoes.
Fellas? - Yeah?
What time is it? - Time to get wild and loose.

What? - Time to get wild and loose.

Somebody bring me a mirror



Time After Time - Cyndi Lauper
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Lying in my bed I hear the clock tick,
And think of you
Caught up in circles confusion
Is nothing new
Flashback warm nights
Almost left behind
Suitcases of memories,
Time after

Sometimes you picture me
I'm walking too far ahead
You're calling to me, I can't hear
What you've said
Then you say go slow
I fall behind
The second hand unwinds

If you're lost you can look and you will find me
Time after time
If you fall I will catch you I'll be waiting
Time after time

If you're lost you can look and you will find me
Time after time
If you fall I will catch you I'll be waiting
Time after time

After my picture fades and darkness has
Turned to gray
Watching through windows you're wondering
If I'm OK
Secrets stolen from deep inside
The drum beats out of time

If you're lost you can look and you will find me
Time after time
If you fall I will catch you I'll be waiting
Time after time

You said go slow
I fall behind
The second hand unwinds

If you're lost you can look and you will find me
Time after time
If you fall I will catch you I'll be waiting
Time after time

If you're lost you can look and you will find me
Time after time
If you fall I will catch you I'll be waiting
Time after time

Time after time
Time after time
Time after time


Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is - Chicago
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As I was walking down the street one day
A man came up to me and asked me what the time was that was on my watch,
yeah
And I said

Does anybody really know what time it is
Does anybody really care
If so I can't imagine why
We've all got time enough to cry

And I was walking down the street one day
A pretty lady looked at me and said her diamond watch had stopped cold dead
And I said

Does anybody really know what time it is
Does anybody really care
If so I can't imagine why
We've all got time enough to cry

And I was walking down the street one day
Being pushed and shoved by people trying to beat the clock, oh, no I just
don't know
I don't know
And I said, yes I said

Background:
People runnin' everywhere
Don't know where to go
Don't know where I am
Can't see past the next step
Don't have time to think past the last mile
Have no time to look around
Just run around, run around and think why

Does anybody really know what time it is
Does anybody really care
If so I can't imagine why
We've all got time enough to die