Is a lyricist also a poet? Today I have chosen James Hetfield (lead singer and lead lyricist of Metallica) as my inspiration (on the expert advice of my husband, Varad of LERT) .  I was not feeling very inspired and it has been a hectic couple of days, so I decided I would bend the rules and choose lyrics(which is more or less poetry). So, the song which has inspired by poem is Unforgiven. Here is an excerpt of the lyrics

“They dedicate their lives
To running all of his
He tries to please them all
This bitter man he is
Throughout his life the same
He’s battled constantly
This fight he cannot win
A tired man they see no longer cares
The old man then prepares
To die regretfully
That old man here is me

What I’ve felt
What I’ve known
Never shined through in what I’ve shown
Never be
Never see
Won’t see what might have been
What I’ve felt
What I’ve known
Never shined through in what I’ve shown
Never free
Never me
So I dub thee unforgiven”

Songwriters: James Alan Hetfield / Kirk L. Hammett / Lars Ulric

Unforgiven lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

You can read the full lyrics and listen to the song here.

And here is my poem, almost in the same theme…


Still

Before you were born
Your space has been drawn
Space which you can occupy
Has been measured and marked
The role you must play scripted on rock
Before you were born

You may bang and scream
It’s walls shall not yield
The more you struggle
The noosegrip shall increase
You may take a hammer to its head
But, you will stay buried in this space
Allotted till you are dead

Before you were born
Your space has been drawn
You have an option to remain
still

You may accept your fate
Kneel down, bow down, stay
You may serve yourself up like bait
They will stuff you up real nice
Take you to dinner
and cut ‘you’ off from you.

Before you were born
Your space has been drawn
You have an option to remain
still.

J for James Hetfield, My Poem: Still #AtoZChallenge #BlogchatterA2Z #NaPoWriMo
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9 thoughts on “J for James Hetfield, My Poem: Still #AtoZChallenge #BlogchatterA2Z #NaPoWriMo

  • April 14, 2019 at 7:01 am
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    What a great subject to focus on! I am definitely of the opinion that lyrics count as poetry. I taught ninth grade English last year, and the way I taught my students how to write slam poetry is to describe poetry as “rap without the beat.” Great work!

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    • April 15, 2019 at 12:25 am
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      Thank you:). You have an interesting blog going on.

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  • April 11, 2019 at 7:11 pm
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    The poem Still definitely sounds fatalistic! Seems to be drawn from Hindu philosophy which suggests everything is decided before hand and we can only act and some people even suggest that how we act is again pre-determined. In fact some scientists suggest that the cosmos is nothing but an algorithm which is unfolding itself and everything is pre-destined and we just feel that we are changing things. This feeling is just a mirage.

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