I’ve written songs and poetry for almost all of my life. You can get an idea of how much that is and what it means to me by watching this video…
Early on in my songwriting efforts I basically still wrote poems and set them to music. As the years passed and I gained more insight into the process I began to write lyrics for the songs. There IS a difference. I just needed to discover it.
And I’m glad for the process. It was a journey that provided me more intimacy and valuable time in my world of words.
One day I was thinking about songs and poetry and how similar, yet different they are. And here’s what I wrote about it…
Songs And Poetry
At the insistence of a friend
I became an honest man.
Now I’m living on a cloud
And just doing what I can.
I write poetry and live inside the lines.
I find poetry to be like silver mines.
It’s a laughter no one laughs
And the tears that no one cries.
It’s the words that no one speaks
And the life that never dies.
From the pleasure of my peace
I am gentle toward my friend,
And the happiness I have
I sing songs that tell of many different things.
They’re the songs a truly happy person sings.
With no happiness they’d melt
And then slowly pass away.
With no words they’d have no rhyme.
They’d have nothing more to say.
With nothing more to say there is no poetry.
With no poetry there are no songs for me.
© Copyright Tony Funderburk 1975
Your whimsical writer,