Guest poem submitted by Manu Varma :
(Poem #867) Anyone for Tennis? (The Savage Seven Theme)
Twice upon a time in the valley of the tears An auctioneer is bidding for a box of fading years And the elephants are dancing on the graves of squealing mice Anyone for tennis, wouldn't that be nice? And the ice creams are all melting on the streets of bloody beer While the beggars stain the pavements with flourescent Christmas cheer And the Bentley-driving guru is putting up his price. Anyone for tennis, wouldn't that be nice? And the prophets in the boutiques give out messages of hope With jingle bells and fairy tales and blind kaleidoscopes And you can tell they're all the same underneath the pretty lies. Anyone for tennis, wouldn't that be nice? The yellow Buddhist monk is burning brightly at the zoo You can bring a bowl of rice and then a glass of water too And fate is setting up the chessboard while death rolls out the dice. Anyone for tennis, wouldn't that be nice?
Lyrics and music by Martin Sharp and Eric Clapton. Originally performed by Cream, May 1968. I am no expert on poetry, but when thinking of surreal stuff this song by Cream instantly comes to mind. The obvious message in the song seems to be - enjoy yourself for the moment and the problems of life be damned :-) The music of this song is very soft and mellow. Along with the lyrics, the whole invokes a state of warmth and happiness in me. Like being in a lively, rather noisy crowd and yet experiencing extreme peace in one's mind. Reminds me of summer afternoons that melted, drifted softly without even a whimper into evenings and nights of liveliness... Manu. [Minstrels Links] Poem #832, Love Minus Zero / No Limit -- Bob Dylan Poem #112, Mr.Tambourine Man -- Bob Dylan Poem #227, Desolation Row -- Bob Dylan Poem #114, The Soul Cages -- Gordon Matthew 'Sting' Sumner Poem #287, Mad About You -- Gordon Matthew 'Sting' Sumner Poem #743, Conquistador -- Keith Reid Poem #745, Indiscipline -- King Crimson Poem #116, Suzanne -- Leonard Cohen Poem #339, The Music Crept By Us -- Leonard Cohen Poem #481, Who By Fire -- Leonard Cohen Poem #624, Gift -- Leonard Cohen Poem #744, Joan of Arc -- Leonard Cohen Poem #785, One Trick Pony -- Paul Simon Poem #119, A Poem on the Underground Wall -- Paul Simon Poem #807, Working Girls -- Redgum Poem #741, Reasons for Waiting -- Ian Anderson Poem #742, I Come and Stand at Every Door -- Nazim Hikmet