Somewhere Over The Rainbow – Celebrating HOPE

Somewhere Over The Rainbow by Israel Kamakawiwo Ole originally sung by Judy Garland.

I have listened to this whenever I was happy, whenever sadness swept away my very desires, whenever I felt torn down, whenever I lacked sense of imagination, I listened to it, paraphrasing its every word, taking what I can and doing what I must, and always in the due course, a smile felt on my face and I was building dreams again.

I am an optimist, if you ask me what kind of poet I wish to be (if I ever qualify as one), I would be the poet of hope, even in the most hopeless moments, I cannot stop reflect hope because I am afraid, world will never be the same without my only valued tool.

Revelations of fragmented sorrow
panned out across the sphere
a turgid crusade sweeping the gallows
I wish to betray the absenteeism
I wish to endorse the excruciations
for logistics are flawed
for time is vague, and endless
for there lies clouded in darkest regimes
keys to gateways amid horrid eclipse
I wish to entrust the synergy in act
ascribe to the domiciliary caves
for reciprocal aid is obligatory
and diffusion, beyond conscious learning.

Rambling, discursive, enveloping rationality
inclined to debate on natural order
speculating the ordeals of emigrating birds
the sun, stars, land, water and entire eternity
spoofing the riches, failing to comply
I wish to discover but not hinder
I wish to smile along but not possess
for stars shimmer, sun parts with all
for my birth right excoriates control
for relevance subdued is inhibition
I wish to envisage the realm
deserted of avarice, of corrupted souls
for hope appeals my intellect every treasured moment.

POETRY POTLUCK- Inspired by a Song

34 thoughts on “Somewhere Over The Rainbow – Celebrating HOPE

  1. When I read your poetry it makes me want to brush up on my vocabulary I feel as though I’m lagging behind. lol But yes you can call your self a poet. What qualifies you is a pen and paper or computer and keyboard which ever way you choose to make your inner thoughts visible in a rhythmic pattern (so says I).

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    • It is quite a selfless trait. I remember writing about how I called myself selfish. My only wish is to change that, since the ‘ish’ part I hate.

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  2. this is a gorgeous piece and ai resonate…i hope to bring love and hope through my verse and have it have meaning beyond just what the moment is but capture its essence and squeeze wisdom from it…i dont always write pretty though, but there is always hope…

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    • It’s always motivational to build on the lines of hope. I have been to your blog, and you are definitely an amazing writer/poet.

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  3. I grew up listening to my mother play that Judy Garland song of eternal hope–very evocative of memory for me. This is a rich meal of words, and a classic example of free verse, using the structure of line breaks and stanzas to process the message of the images and language associations. Thanks for linking with our form discussion of free verse at One Stop Poetrytoday.

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    • Thanks, I have always found that song inspirational. It drives my imagination crazy. Within moments of silence, I reach the height of skies from the lively earth.

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  4. Beautiful poem, inspired by a great song. I like that you wish for people to glean hope from your poems. It is indeed something I got from this poem. Thank you for sharing. ~Corbie Sinclair

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  5. Powerful words and message.

    “for my birth right excoriates control
    for relevance subdued is inhibition
    I wish to envisage the realm
    deserted of avarice, of corrupted souls”

    Beautiful lines, a piece that rings of how powerful expression can be in poetry. Much enjoyed ~ Rose

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  6. “I wish to discover but not hinder
    I wish to smile along but not possess
    for stars shimmer, sun parts with all
    for my birth right excoriates control”

    Amazing, intriguing and powerful.

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    • Love affair or not, I have always been intrigued by complicated sentences for which I may have to open the thesauruses. I read them until I get them.
      Thanks for your lovely presence.

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  7. Beautiful song -not surprised that it inspired such a creative free verse from you–just smiling , not needing to possess—loved those lines-reminded me of childhood innocence and how kids love without needing to possess the object of their affection.
    I wish to envisage the realm
    deserted of avarice, of corrupted souls”–I hope for this too!

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    • Thanks for paying a visit.
      Nice to see you draw from your motherhood.
      I do love the word envisage and avarice, there’s something about them, I wish I could use them in one sentence, but that will never be a pretty sight.

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  8. ” … I wish to discover but not hinder
    I wish to smile along but not possess …”

    Lovely … Izzy’s version of “Somewhere over the Rainbow” is a favorite of mine!

    A wonderful goal … Hope, a light in the world of darkness, a beacon for those searching and/or lost. Uplifting and inspirational message …

    Thank you for visiting ~~

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    • Ya, the song has quite a number of versions, and they all are amazing, it’s richness lies in it’s awesome lyrics and melody.

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