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Music Challenge: Poem – Wrapped Refrain (2) – “Those Pink Sunglasses” #dverse #poetry #musicchallenge 


Thanks to Lillian of #dVerse Poet’s Pub for the September 12, 2017 prompt onto use the words rain, reign, rein in a poem. Also combining this prompt with MindLoveMisery’s Menagerie last Music Challenge with the song “Pink Sunglasses” by Miranda Lambert. Going for the triple threat with Bjorn’s Bjorn’s #dVerse Poet’s Pub prompt on using an extended, well known metaphor without “like” or “as.” I’m going to pick up on Miranda Lambert’s metaphor of “pink sunglasses” which I think very much overlaps with wearing “rose colored glasses.” 

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Miranda Lambert “Pink Sunglasses” 

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Rein in your white horses, the Queen of Pink’s going to reign 

She’s pretty classy, kind of sassy, in a bubblegum way. 

All around her is dreary pain, 

She doesn’t blink or feel the rain

Pouring down, plastering her —

See-through t-shirt, guys inferring, 

More than needs saying about her — bright pink sunglasses worn, 

Her way to see the world, the old rose glasses cracked, ignored. 

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Pink is so much better, forget about rainy weather, 

Giggle, leave behind the tragic, drink pink champagne whether —

You’re sad or too glad, pink masks —

Ironies, truth is, life is glass

It shatters far too easily, 

Rose lenses dimmed as pink’s appeased. 

Cause you can buy plastic pink sunglasses to view the world, 

For $9.99 they’re so easy to replace, cheap pearls. 

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Appearing in my pocket when I go anywhere ’cause —

There’s power in plastic pink shades, curing the bad that was. 

Put them on when people are mad, 

Wear them when you’re feeling quite sad. 

Ignore naysayers without the pink, 

Bringing rude negative thinking. 

These pink babies don’t shatter or crack, if they do buy more —

Best placebo I’ve had while out loving life exploring. 

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Don’t care about the truth, reality is annoying

I’ll pass by you dancing ’cause without pink, life quickly destroys. 

Addicted to living with thick —

Sweet sugar coating of plastic. 

Through the pink I see what I want, 

And I do whatever and I flaunt. 

Rose glasses go away, pink is brighter, it doesn’t fade, 

My shades, wearing them I reign unafraid, I’ve got it made 

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©Mandibelle16. (2017) All Rights Reserved. 

Free Verse, Memories/Childhood, Music and Performers, My Thoughts, Nonfiction, Poetry, Published Work, Relationship, Religion/Morality, Writing

Published: Poem – Free Verse –  “Sweet Vice” on SpillWords #poetry #amwriting #published #spillwords 


Another piece published on http://www.spillwords.com. I haven’t published in on the blog before, partly because the contents a bit adult. But hope you like it anyways. Here’s the link to Sweet Vice. It was initially Inspires by the Miranda Lambert song “Vice.” 

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Credit: http://www.spillwords.com

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©Mandibelle16. (2017) All Rights Reserved. 

Lists, Music and Performers, My Thoughts, Nonfiction, Quotes, Writing

My List of Songs That Have Created Memories


1. Crazy In Love – Beyoncé

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I’m not sure how to explain the meaning behind this song for me. It came out when I was around eighteen or nineteen-years-old. I relate it to a sense of freedom and fun times had with friends, especially with friends who have remained friends ten or more years later. Not to mention, this song kind of keeps staying popular as time progresses. That I know of, there are about three different versions of “Crazy In Love,” and I’m sure there is probably more. It is a song that always gets me dancing. 

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2. Red High Heels – Kelly Pickler

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Maybe this more of the partier in me, but it is also a piece of the girl who became the woman. It is about self-confidence and finding yourself in a world that tells woman they have to do so many things to be beautiful. To me this was the anthem of the girl some guys treated miserably. They didn’t care for her feelings, they just saw an opportunity to try to take her home. This is a power anthem, “your about to see just how missing me feels, in my red high heels.” Proof that great shoes are vital to a woman and a woman is most powerful when she sticks to her guns, and doesn’t compromise her values.

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3. Before He Cheats – Carrie Underwood.

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Haha more lady power! Sorry guys I would never actually do this to any man’s truck, but there are a few guys I dealt with that I wanted to do this to their vehicle. Some guys when they are young especially, don’t know how easily and carelessly they hurt women. So this song just made me feel good about myself again and I loved dancing to it in country bars with my friends. It is Carrie Underwoods second huge hit and she sings it awesome live in concert. I’ve seen her a few times luckily. 

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4. Chasing Cars – Snow Patrol

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I think this song came about around the sametime the show Grey’s Anatomy was in its first few seasons. Almost everybody I knew, loved this song when it came out. I found meaning through it on Grey’s, it was often played when Derek and Meredith were experiencing a special moment as their relationship developed. Later, it was played last year, when Meredith let Derek go and took away life support, as he was brain dead after his SUV was hit by a semi. It also played when Meredith went into the house Derek built for their family, –alone for the first time after Derek’s death. So, I suppose I really just love Grey’s and the relationship Derek and Meredith had, held a truthfulness and closeness I wanted someday in reality. The song also reminds me of sadness when I think of what could have been but isn’t. It’s about being about that wonderful time in love, when you want to “just forget the world.”

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5. Be Still – The Fray

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The full meaning of this song is difficult for me to grasp. On the surface, I think it is some guy telling his girlfriend, that he will be her resting place, and always be there for her. But in my mind, in my heart, I’m sure the lead singer is talking about God. “Be still and Know that I am the Lord Your God.” I have turned to this song in many situations when I have felt helpless, worn out, and hopeless. Each time I hear it, I hear God telling me it is going to be okay that I need to do nothing but “be still.” He will do what needs to be done, he is ultimately in control.

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6. Fighter – Christina Anguilera 

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This is a song I first played when things never went anywhere with the first guy I loved/liked. To this day I don’t know if I loved him or not. I think I did, but I’m not sure why, I didn’t know him that well to love him did I? But it still feels as if the emotion was there. Getting over him, or maybe my idea of him, took a long time. From the time I downloaded this song on my IPod, it gave me hope and showed me how strong I can be. My experiences, made me “a fighter.” And today when I hear this song, I know I will always fight for what’s important to me, not men who act how he did.

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7. Temporary Home – Carrie Underwood

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I think this is a beautiful song. Carrie Underwood is one of my favourite artists. One reason is because she can sing kick ass girl power anthems but can also sing songs that are softer, of a spiritual quality. This song makes me cry when I hear it. I’m not sure why, but it makes me think of Carrie’s lyrics and how life on earth is only a temporary thing. One day we’ll die and if we have Jesus, we will go to heaven — life with him is more important then life on earth.”This is my temporary home, windows and rooms that I’m passing through. This is just a stop on the way to where I’m going. I’m not afraid because I know, this is my temporary home.”

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8.  The House that Built Me – Miranda Lambert

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I don’t think that anyone has gotten to where they are without the help of their families, whether that family is related or not. This song makes me cry too, because it reminds me that my family built me, made me the person I’ve become. It makes me think back to those years when I was a child or a teenager, almost wishing I could experience those times again. But I’m an adult now and here where I am, my family is still building me.

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9. Fix Me Up – Tegan and Sara

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This song is also, one of those wonderful songs played in the beginning of Grey’s Anatomy. It has a lot of correlation between Derek and Meredith and their relationship on the show. I heard the song and went out and bought the CD immediately. It is a lovely song. It always made me think that we can try to fix and change someone all we want but in the end we only need their love. “This love is all I have to give,” Tegan and Sara sing. Like Meredith, we have to put ourselves out their and give the best love we can give in life.

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10. Brave – Sara Bareilles

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This is a new song for me, I’m not sure why I didn’t hear it before now, considering I’m a huge fan of Sara’s. It has influenced me a lot lately. I’m trying to push myself as a writer and as a person, out of my comfort zone. I’m trying to make my writing better and trying to get some of it published. In addition, I’m working hard at being healthier and eating well. But it’s hard being brave. Even though you maybe trying to be brave, not everyone is. And you can’t push someone who is not willing to push themselves out of their comfort zone –frustrating but true.

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Thanks to  La Duchesse D’erat for this weeks list prompt.



Music and Performers, My Thoughts, Short Stories And Serial Stories

What I’m Listening To


Something a little different. Here are some songs I am listening to on my phone right now. Some old good ones and some that are newer. But all different genres. If you can`t see the videos from YouTube please click on my blog title and go into my blog to see the music videos.

1.Sound of Silence: Disturbed

 

2.Uptown Funk Featuring Bruno Mars

 

3. Limes: Brad Paisley

 

4.Smoke Break: Carrie Underwood

 

5. Everglow: Cold Play

 

6. Charlie Puth: Marvin Gaye featuring Meghan Train0r

 

7. Tim McGraw: Diamond Rings and Old Bar Stools

 

8. Kate Voegele: Hallelujah

 

9. Sia:Alive

 

10. Miranda Lambert ft. Little Big Town: Smoking and Drinking

Short Stories And Serial Stories, Writing

Writing 101 – “The House That Built Me.”


The House That Built Me – Miranda Lambert

When I was 17-years-old, my family moved out of our 850 square foot house (per level) because my family needed more space. My brother’s were big teenagers at 15-years-old and 13-years-old, we had a medium-sized dog named Nikki, plus my parents. The old house was too small to fit us all. Slowly, we packed up boxes, putting away books, trinkets, dishes, all items that held memories. The dog didn’t know what was going on but she remained in a confused hyper-alert state and came crashing through the room anytime a large item of furniture was moved. We moved everything ourselves, rented a big u-haul truck, and moved about 13 blocks closer to the River Valley into the house we live now.

Our old house was tiny. Even when we were little kids and I was 12-years-old it was small but my Dad had done a lot of work on our old house and I think it was a blow to each of us to see years later, the new owner had taken out the hedge that separated the garden from the lawn; sodded over the garden where we had grown every kind of vegetable — also these tiny but tart little strawberries; we saw that the new owner had taken down the deck and built a set of ugly steps up to the patio door; we saw he had chopped down the apple tree that we had grafted various kinds of green and red mouth-watering apple branches to; the new owner chopped down other trees in the front yard;  and the little house that had never seemed a hovel to us, now looks like one because of him.

Inside the little house was a landing when you came in with steps going downstairs and short flight of steps going up to the kitchen. We had an oak table in the kitchen. There were oak kitchen cabinets and drawers against the far wall where half of the cupboards were oak and the other half were still the old 1940’s cupboards that were original to the house. My Dad had never finished that project.

Down a hallway from the kitchen was a peach bathroom Dad had redone when I was a little girl (smaller than 12-years-old) and a living room where we had ripped out the carpet to reveal a wooden floor. The living room had become the nicest room in the house with  light green and gold sofas; a cream, green, and rose flowered carpet; and a runner of similar pattern to the carpet by the front door and closet. There was a piano in the living room that I hated. I hated to practice on it and hated it even more when my Dad started singing and practicing on the piano at 6:30 am on a Saturday for choir.

Down the hall were 2 bedrooms: the master bedroom painted light yellow where my parents slept, and a white room with a 90’s green carpet where my little brother slept. My brother’s room had a wide desk with 2 alcoves for seats and this desk covered the back wall. Both my brothers had been in that room at one time.

Downstairs was a small bathroom my Dad had built as well as laundry and a small pantry area to the left. Directly, in front of the stairs was my other brother’s bedroom that use to be my Dad’s office. It had grey carpet and white walls and was the perfect place for a boy who loved computers. To the left of that room was a playroom and TV room where we sat on old couches and watched tapes full of Disney movies that my Aunt had tapped off of TV.

And in the corner and to the left of that room was my bedroom. It was a room my Dad had built from a concrete storage area and when I was 8-years-old I moved down there and painted it a gorgeous bright light blue. This went with an ice blue carpet, a twin sized bed my dad had made with drawers when I was 4-years-old, a Barbie house, a dresser with a mirror, and too many spiders who visited too often.

When we drive by our old house now, we try not to look. It’s hard seeing what someone else did to your families hard work. I think my parents redid every room in that house at one time or another and if it didn’t look as nice in the end it’s because we were kids and kids are hard on houses and so are pets.

The backyard was the most beautiful area on our property.  It was always covered in flowers and the garden full of wonderful vegetables like peas and carrots that the dog pigged out on. It’s nice to know where your food is coming from, that it is truly organic — even if it’s just for your dog’s sake. And my mom made jam, canned peaches, and  frozen beans and peas. We had corn and other fresh produce in the summer, rhubarb, mint, dill, and tons of delicious apples that made so many crisps, pies, apple juice, and apple sauce.

But as Miranda Lambert sings ” [y] ou know they say you can’t go home again,” it’s the truth. That childhood home is no longer our home and only broken pieces of it remain in the yard and if I’m not mistaken, in the house. Still like Lambert’s song title, I believe ” it was the house that built me” and built my family into what we are today.

Health, My Thoughts

Automatic – Hey Whatever Happened to. . .


” . . . It all just seems so good the way we had it back before everything became Automatic…” – Miranda Lambert

HealthSometimes life speeds up and sometimes life slow downs. I feel as if this summer has sped on by and I haven’t had the chance to enjoy it. I have spent a great deal of time sleeping and in bed and the situation has not become better until this last week when thinking back to when my health began to slide down hill I remembered we lowered one of my medications. Once I began to increase that medication I have become much healthier. I look better and feel better and even though I’m not  good enough to go to a class at night or study for a few hours everyday I feel hopeful for once that I can go back to that point. In short, I feel better now, I feel like I can do activities again and I don’t need to sleep for more than an hour or so in the day.

But I was thinking about this song  Automatic by Miranda Lambert, it’s one of my favorite songs lately, and I thought that she makes a sewing machine oldstrong point. Where would we be without all our technology? Was life better when we could just take time to do an activity instead of having technology making it easy to do in seconds?

If you were to ask my Mom who is a quilter I’m sure she would say that the new sewing machines are better and easier to use then the old sewing machines that her Grandma used or even the sewing machines they had in 70’s when she was sewing her own clothes. And I have to say I most definitively like a Smart Phone over the flip phones or original bulky cell phones that some of my friend’s parents had in the 90’s.and early 2000’s. I think it’s so easy that I can go on the internet, that google maps can show me where to go to get somewhere from where ever I am, that all my music is on my phone, that I can have my own phone and # and have that privacy and that I can take notes on my tablet;  I can bring my phone or tablet where ever I go.

iphone_5s_6_grassI understand Miranda Lambert’s view because many times I see people walking and not looking where there going, talking or looking on their Smart Phone. And it seems  like even though we have computers and all this technology we are having worse effects on the environment. For instance, a paperless office was once surmised to exist one day and we are only using more paper then ever.

Additionally, I think that sometimes the ability to order anything you like on the internet and have it sent  to your house in 2 days is not necessarily a great thing. It’s a way I got into debt myself in the past and I think sometimes it’s too easy to buy something because we don’t think about whether we need or would actually wear or use the items we buy. Also, sometimes we spend as much money as we save returning items we bought on the internet.

And doesn’t it seem that this new technology seems to break down more than old technology  – photocopiers, computers, phones, appliances, and even cars. We have things that are “automatic” but what is the good if these items are not quality. My parents first fridge lasted them 30 years, now the appliance companies are aiming to make stoves that are no longer working in 10 years. Isn’t this wasteful?

But I think there is another meaning to the song Automatic. I think “automatic” is a way we live our lives, an attitude. Like are bored womantechnology that has gone automatic we are acting in away that is automatic. We don’t think about what we say to other people. We are too caught up in our technology and the other parts of our life.

We don’t even bother to talk to each other in the same household sometimes we just send a text. We act the way that the media tells us — books, movies, video games — we are sometimes lacking originality and thoughtfulness. For example, maybe we think that champagne and roses is the right way to propose to our partner but we don’t consider what our partner would in their own mind find romantic, maybe we don’t get to know them well enough or talk about the situation enough first.

We give gift cards which may be nice, instead of being thoughtful about a gift, It is as if these things have become ingrained in us and become automatic. We hold stereotypes that the media personifies, maybe about people with certain illnesses like AID’s or mental illnesses and people of certain nationalities. I think the song Automatic talks about a way of thinking and acting towards one another just as much as it talks about our technology.

hospitalOne good example I see lately of things having gone automatic is healthcare in Canada. Should it become automatic for us to wait 14 to whatever hours in an emergency room when we really need to go to the hospital? Some people need help now and you are just making their illness worse by making them wait. Some people for instance aren’t able to wait that long in a waiting room, they are too sick and too frail.

There has to be a way that we spend more money on healthcare, so that there are more hospital beds for people and more doctors and nurses to take care of them. Should it be automatic that a person that it so depressed they are going to kill themselves has to wait to get into the psyche ward? Or a person who needs a kidney replaced has to wait forever until they are near death to get a kidney replacement?

These are just thoughts; this is something I have seen on the News lately. And it disgusts me. And I really think it has become automatic to act certain ways in the healthcare system just as we act automatic towards one another and with our technology. This is something I see in the overworked hospital staff, in emergency workers, in a government we elected that doesn’t seem to care enough. What do you think?

As for my health, I’m glad that I never had to go to the hospital because who knows if I would have made it  in? I’m glad I can deal with my illness from my home. and I hope that you can live your lives better than in an automatic mode.