Back in the day many moons ago there used to be a poetry community at the BBC.
The BBC Poetry Corner message board was such a good place to post and enjoy the work of others and also to receive critique. Sadly the BBC Poetry Corner message board has long long gone shut down due to trolls and cuts.
What a great community it was.
The poets would take it in turns to set a Friday challenge to write a piece on a given subject or form.
This is a piece I wrote for a challenge where lines from songs or favourite album were the subject.
I chose The Velvet Underground.
I was sad to hear that the legend Lou Reed has sadly passed away, I am a huge fan.
I called the female character Maureen (Maureen Tucker Velvet Underground)
After I wrote this someone then challenged me to turn it into a sonnet so I will post that too.
She ran away.
Took twenty dollars, and her shiny leather coat.
“And where will she go and what shall she do?”
Her mother cried.
On the note that she left she wrote:
You made your wallpapers green
Not me, it is tainted by your jealousy
We are in love that is the truth
While you sit in judgement
Longing to relive your youth.
We will be together.
And there’s nothing you can do.
He ran away.
Sitting and watching him that evening, his mother said:
“She’s going to break your heart in two, it’s true”
His eyes welled with tears.
“Then thank God I’m as good as dead.”
He said, hands cupping his head.
Ignoring his angst his mother watched TV.
Lighting a cigarette his father said
Shaking his head
“Don’t be so soft boy!” and opened his beer.
Nobody saw him sneak out of the door
And into the streetlight he disappeared.
Holding her he had said:
“When you think the night has seen your mind
That is when we will be together.”
She’d looked into his eyes and replied
“Then we are together for eternity.
They have been blind, for you
I would give my soul to the shadows.”
” We will have nothing to fear.” He said.
And so she waited.
Huddled against the cold
In a floral dress, and her shiny leather coat.
Hobnail boots wrapped around her toes.
As the city sleeps –
Here he comes he’s all dressed in black.
Love looking forward, no looking back.
They greet with a smile,
Touching they kindle
Their essence enfolding
Hand in hand they walk to the bridge.
“Look.” He says of the distant city lights.
“It’s all the streets you crossed, not so long ago.
You can go back, if you choose….”
“………But no!! What have I got to lose!”
She says “But you.”
Standing with Maureen,
The myriad choices of his fate
Have vanished. Their destiny a lull.
Down below them, one final kiss.
The cold night air stings their faces.
Now take a look there’s no tear’s in her eyes.
It’s the only way, they both realise.
Their love knows no mortality
And so they transcend, jumping together
Spiralling ‘till the end.
A haphazard flapping of
Shiny leather in the dark.