Friday, October 19, 2012

Poetry Friday -- Songs of Strength

I have a couple of songs to share this week. Music lyrics are one of my favorite forms of poetry.

You feel like a candle in a hurricane
Just like a picture with a broken frame
Alone and helpless
Like you've lost your fight
But you'll be alright, you'll be alright

'Cause when push comes to shove
You taste what you're made of
You might bend, till you break
Cause it's all you can take
On your knees you look up
Decide you've had enough
You get mad you get strong
Wipe your hands shake it off
Then you stand, then you stand...

The heart is stronger than you think
Like it could go through anything
And even when you think it can’t
It finds a way to still push on though

[Carrie Underwood:]
Sometimes you want to run away
Ain't got the patience for the pain
And if you don't believe it look into your heart
The beat goes on

I'm telling you, things get better, through whatever
If you fall, dust it off, don't let up

[Sheryl Crow:]
Don’t you know you can go be your own miracle

You need to know!

If the mind keeps thinking you’ve had enough
But the heart keeps telling you don't give up
[Sheryl & Beyonce:]
Who are we to be questioning, wondering what is what?
Don't give up, through it all, just stand up...

The third song I'll share is this one by Rodney Atkins.  The pertinent lyrics show up right about the one minute mark.

These songs go out, in general, to anyone who is going through tough times. Narrow the target a little bit more, and they are for breast cancer survivors who might not need an awareness month as much as they need a pep talk to stay strong. The center of the target? These songs are for you, Sylvia!

Irene has a very special Poetry Friday Roundup at Live Your Poem this week -- this week was the book birthday of her new book, DON'T FEED THE BOY, and she invited the Progressive Poem Poets to help her write a zoo-themed group poem. Don't miss that, or all of the rest of the offerings this week. (I finally have a calm weekend and am looking forward to reading around the roundup again!)


  1. Thank you for posting these songs. I listen to them all the time but now will listen differently. Enjoy your calm weekend.

  2. Thanks for sharing these, Mary Lee.

  3. Aw shucks, Mary Lee, what a sweet tribute! Thanks so much for this lovely nod and for ALL your ongoing support. Your Strong Music playlist is amazing and truly therapeutic. Love the music-poetry-therapy connections!

  4. Lovely support to wake up to, Mary Lee. Music uplifts so much, takes us into a different outlook on things. Thanks!

  5. I posted lyrics today as well. :)

  6. Thank you for these lyrics, Mary Lee! I am fascinated by the whole process of songwriting... adding that whole other element fills me with a sense of awe. AND it makes me want to learn to play the guitar. :) Thanks again for your "herd of one!" xo

  7. You're right about poetry and music and thank you for the reminders and lift that these song/poems offer. Enjoy your calm week-end - I hope it stays that way all the way through.

  8. I needed to hear this today...especially this:
    Don’t you know you can go be your own miracle
    ...thanks, Mary Lee!

  9. Don't we all need a shot of strong now and then? I was listening and thinking political-type marriage equality thoughts and then you reminded me that there are other equally or more basic needs for strength. Nice, Mary Lee!

  10. I know some little boys who really need to hear these songs. (And their mom too). Thank you so much!

  11. Music lyrics are also a favorite poetry of mine, Mary Lee! Thank you for sharing these words, along with your personal poetry and insights. Happy "calm weekend" to you!

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  12. Thanks for the pep talk through song, Mary Lee. My kids and I love to make parodies of our favorite song lyrics -- a great way to teach rhythm and rhyme.

  13. Wonderful feast of lyrics, ML. Thanks for the lift! Enjoy your weekend :).

  14. Thanks for these!

  15. I really liked your poem at Your Daily Poem today. Indeed, Glory be to God for silly things! :-)


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