Stephen Fuller *** Poetry, Essays

“Let There Be Storms, upon listening to U2 perform Bad at Live Aid” – The Poem Written in Response to Beth’s Tuesday Writing Prompt Challenge at the Go Dog Go Cafe, 3/3/20, by Stephen Fuller

I take on Beth Amanda’s Tuesday Writing Prompt Challenge at the Do Dog Go Cafe: “Let there be storms.” Head on down to the Cafe and take your turn, it is a friendly place filled with fellow creatives to encourage and cheer you! Then… scroll around a while and meet some amazing humans from all over the world!

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“Let There Be Storms, upon listening to U2 perform Bad at Live Aid”

I twisted, I turned away, I tore myself in two
Again and again and again.
You asked me to surrender, but I could not, would not
Again and again and again.

At sea, the God I angered rose up from a depth so dark
To separate this ship from its course as far as He could.
Fear could not begin to define its presence in my heart,
Until at last, shattered, isolated, dislocated, condemned
I’d surrender the temptations held like precious babies,
Lines I kept saying to myself again and again and again.

From a depth so dark, God screamed out, “Let there be storms!”
They came, darkened the shallow blue sky, blew its pretty clouds,
Puffs of cotton candy that quickly became mist at Gale’s rage.
Until at last, desperate, revelation came to my blood shot eyes,
The time to surrender had arrived, to let go the precious babies
I had sung for too long in asking, begging the darkness to stay.

I shattered my heart of clay, gave wind my lifeless lifeline,
Walked into the night, through the rain, into the half-light,
Through the fire and set my spirit free, let my heart be led.

I broke away, I let go of the desperation,
Became whole again, awakened.

Surrendered, the darkness fades.
I am wide awake once again.

(C) 2020, Stephen Fuller

Lyrics

Bad by U2 from The Unforgettable Fire

If you twist and turn away
If you tear yourself in two again
If I could, yes I would
If I could, I would let it go
Surrender, dislocate

If I could throw this lifeless lifeline to the wind
Leave this heart of clay, see you walk, walk away
Into the night, and through the rain
Into the half light and through the flame

If I could, through myself, set your spirit free
I’d lead your heart away, see you break, break away
Into the light and to the day

Hoo, hoo!
Hoo, hoo!
Hoo, hoo!
Hoo, hoo!
Hoo, hoo!
Hoo, hoo!

To let it go and so to fade away
To let it go and so fade away
I’m wide awake
I’m wide awake, wide awake
I’m not sleeping
Oh no, no, no

If you should ask, then maybe
They’d tell you what I would say
True colours fly in blue and black
Blue silken sky and burning flag
Colours crash, collide in blood-shot eyes

Hoo, hoo!
Hoo, hoo!
Hoo, hoo!

If I could, you know I would
If I could, I would let it go

This desperation, dislocation
Separation, condemnation
Revelation, in temptation
Isolation, desolation
Let it go and so fade away
To let it go, oh yeah, and so fade away
To let it go, oh no, and so to fade away

I’m wide awake, I’m wide awake
Wide awake, I’m not sleeping
Oh no, no, no

Songwriters: Adam Clayton / Dave Evans / Larry Mullen / Paul Hewson
Bad lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group
Image: Ulysses and the Sirens, John William Waterhouse, 1891

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