Friday, March 28, 2014

My favorite poem

I have a confession to make - as much as I love  music - that's how much I dislike poetry - unless of course it is set to music.  It's gotta be the dumb jock in me.

Hence my favorite poem:

Come gather 'round people
Wherever you roam
And admit that the waters
Around you have grown
And accept it that soon
You'll be drenched to the bone.
If your time to you
Is worth savin'
Then you better start swimmin'
Or you'll sink like a stone
For the times they are a-changin'.

Come writers and critics
Who prophesize with your pen
And keep your eyes wide
The chance won't come again
And don't speak too soon
For the wheel's still in spin
And there's no tellin' who
That it's namin'.
For the loser now
Will be later to win
For the times they are a-changin'.

Come senators, congressmen
Please heed the call
Don't stand in the doorway
Don't block up the hall
For he that gets hurt
Will be he who has stalled
There's a battle outside
And it is ragin'.
It'll soon shake your windows
And rattle your walls
For the times they are a-changin'.

Come mothers and fathers
Throughout the land
And don't criticize
What you can't understand
Your sons and your daughters
Are beyond your command
Your old road is
Rapidly agin'.
Please get out of the new one
If you can't lend your hand
For the times they are a-changin'.

The line it is drawn
The curse it is cast
The slow one now
Will later be fast
As the present now
Will later be past
The order is
Rapidly fadin'.
And the first one now
Will later be last

For the times they are a-changin'.

And just for giggles one more Dylam poem set to music


  1. Great choice for Friday's topic! There is so much really good poetry that can be extrapolated from many of the old folk songs as well as other selections of music. The one that consistently sits atop my list of favorites in this category is "Where Have All the Flowers Gone".

    1. Yeah - that's another good one - falls just behind Harry Chapin's Circle on my list of faves

  2. A poem is a poem, is a poem and you picked a good'un with added music! :D

  3. Wow! Beautiful Shackman. Really moving.

  4. It's not dumb at all, Chuck … to each his own. Luv your picks.
    blessings ~ maxi