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Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, the Beatles and others

I knew nothing of my sisters and brothers

Being a music lover in the past

There was a gap in my education

And I skipped a complete generation


I was living like an outcast in the desert

Without a melody, without a harmony

I became a complete introvert

 Missing the compositions of the others

Spending my life submerged in another’s


There was only one goal for me

To live my marriage in harmony

I kowtowed to the man of the house

Like other members of my generation

Not realising the extent of my deprivation


©DGA 29 October 2011 17:07

Author: adeeyoyo

I am a middle-aged South African woman, living in Johannesburg. I began writing poetry towards the end of May 2010. I love animals – sometimes more than people! I am back after a break. Thanks for still being here, if you are! Missed you! xxx

25 thoughts on “KEEPING AFLOAT

  1. Right on, sista. Peace out.


  2. This ties in nicely with Carl’s post today. Rock on!


  3. This poem rocks, adee 🙂


  4. I have an idea, set aside a day or a part of it and turn on an “oldies” station and let yourself sing…..And dance too if you like, it’s your day!! Take back that time, it was yours and you deserve it. Party like it’s the seventies. (I don’t remember much of the seventies, so it had to have been good, or it’s just my memory is going) What was I saying?? lol


    • Now THAT’s an idea, Jack! I am getting it all back slowly and surely. How come you can’t remember – partied too hard? I’m sure you’re more sensible than that.


  5. Oh, I like what Jack says – I missed the beginning of the revolution as a result of my parents’ (and church’s) strict notions of what was ‘decent’ and what was not – and there wasn’t much in the “happenin'” world that they considered decent…


  6. I was too switched on to classical music to enjoy the teenage music when I was a teenager. I had to catch up a lot later and regret what I’d missed.


  7. Well…its never too late to start afresh.Just go ahead and get yourself up to date.And am sure it won’t be hard for a true music lover like you. 🙂


  8. smiles. i came along after but caught the fever…was very much into music through out my whole life….we all have priorities though…smiles.


    • I adored music and had a very best friend from when we were about 9 or ten years old. She and I had this idea of singing together and we practiced at her house constantly (she could play the piano) with the dream of entering and winning a talent content, lol! But you’re right Brian, dreams get packed away and priorities (and hormones) take over… 😆


  9. I am glad the music got through in the end, Denise 🙂 Sometimes to hear a song for the first time is a bolt of lightning from the blue….


  10. How I can relate to that Kate! A couple of songs really struck home and opened my eyes to how I was living my life… thank goodness 😀


  11. My situation is similar, except I can’t blame it on anyone but myself. Becoming a wife and mother, I just quit paying that much attention to popular music as it came out. Any gaining of knowledge of the current music and trends stopped at about 1975. . .

    I love the Beatles, Stones, and all the great ones of that era. Since then I’ve only come to know a few. My loss, I guess. But I still enjoy the music of my time, and I’m starting to appreciate some of the music of this time!


  12. Like you I missed a lot of my ‘ music’ life..I seem to follow trends 10 years later although I was on the ‘ball’ with the Beatles. I had pictures plastered all over my kitchen wall and inside the food cupboard.
    Ah Denise..I can read in your words about feeling deprived , especially the last few lines.
    Its a good post and even if you were deprived all those years ago you now have your freedom in words


    • I know, Patrecia, I realise that. Just that I had never heard of the now-famous singers and song writers. And even now if I come across a name I have to go on to You Tube to check him/her out. Of course, it doesn’t help not to have a radio. In fact I haven’t had one since I’ve been on my own which isn’t fun, but there has always been something more urgent to get, lol! What happened to you yesterday? You just disappeared. If you don’t have a mike, just type…


  13. A whole lot of listening pleasure lies ahead, Adee 😀


  14. Oh, yes, Bb, I visualise sitting under a tree in the dappled shade with my eyes closed, absorbing the sound. Heaven…


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