"So long a song will run that people learn it" Francois Villon, The Ballad of the Proverbs
It's true, I write poetry because I can't sing or dance.
Not that I didn't try. Many an LP was scratched
as I fought for breath control and vibrato,
many a thigh bruised as I bumped into table corners;
Mother in the kitchen, encouraging,
can only imagine how often she grimaced.
I'm not tone deaf, realize I'll never harmonize
let alone sing the melody other than alone in my car.
Not exactly a wallflower, but a few glasses of wine
and I've gained a bit of dance floor bravado.
I've birthed six children, all melodious and coordinated,
all have embraced the creative life
either as actor or artist.
Heard my youngest say with enthusiasm the other day
his mother was a poet. In private, let it roll off my tongue.
I like the sound of it.
Margaret Bednar, April 15, 2018
The phrase "I write poetry because I can't sing or dance" was lifted from a poem written by Walt Wojtanik from the blog "Through the Eyes of a Poet's Heart".
The Villon quote makes me laugh because it really does not ring true for me... to this day songs I've heard all my life I don't have memorized... so even if I had the talent to be on stage, it would be a disaster :) The Ballad of the Proverbs, Francois Villon
This is linked with "Imaginary Garden with Real Toads - Serendipity and a Poet"
and linked with NaPoWriMo 2018 (30 poems in 30 days)