14 May 2011

Honest Eyes

Song of the Moment: Jimmy Eat World - Drugs or Me
Song for Awhile: The Flaming Lips - Do You Realize?

Let me preface my poem. Typically I wouldn't do so, but I feel as though I have to qualify something. I've been to hundreds of live concerts. I've seen acts spanning nearly every major genre. Tonight I was fortunate enough to see The Flaming Lips at The Fillmore in Detroit. By a landslide, this show was the most monumental/pivotal/enter-a-paramount-word-of-your-choosing to which I've bore witness. The show was bliss. Happiness. Optimism. Thanks, Wayne.

Honest Eyes

Honest eyes make blue skies
because their good nature,
and simple words see sharpest
because their poignant edge.

So why waste words when word will do
but more than do, what's best for you?
Lost is meaning, but never our means
in the word(s) we choose, evermore true.

And forget not how we forget about others
and act accordingly--on our own accord.
Two opinions are talking, within any talk
Decisions affect, and thereby effect.

So when every last one of them are gone
whether before or after your time, too,
remember to extend the hand of help
and know it will reach back out for you.


  1. I love it! the wordplay is great. I think you meant to say "words" where you say "word will do" in the fifth line though?

  2. I appreciate the feedback, K.D.! As for the fifth line of the poem, it was indeed a most deliberate decision to use 'word' instead of 'words.' The reason for this is that I was playing with a famous Thomas Jefferson quote,
    "The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do." By choosing to omit the letter 's' on the second instance in that sentence, I was suggesting that it'd be better to use a word instead of words. Hope that clears things up for you. Thanks always for being such a diligent reader of Words n Whiskey.


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