If you say run

Something I might be doing for as long as the spirit moves me, is taking a line from a Bowie song as inspiration for a poem. Some of his lines are so good. I came late to his music, being the geeky kind of kid who preferred Mozart to Michael Jackson, but when I did, I was a fan for life. This is a very small tribute to a rock star who was the only one the world ever needed. He said it all.


If you say run, I’ll run with you,

If I say stay, will you listen?

On the bough, the blackbird’s singing,

On the river, wave tips glisten.


Here is peace, light dripping softly,

If you say run, I’ll run with you,

Though in this calm, love grows easy,

Beneath a sky, eternal blue.


I take your hand, your heart strings strain,

As you try to outrun the night,

If you say run, I’ll run with you,

To darkness’ edge, to find the light.


Blackbird calls, the gulls are crying,

Stay, they tell you, and try anew,

But though the road be long and dark,

If you say run, I’ll run with you.

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Jane Dougherty

I used to do lots of things I didn't much enjoy. Now I am officially a writer. It's what I always wanted to be.

21 thoughts on “If you say run”

    1. It would be an honour! When I was in my teens, I used to think David Bowie was just a pretentious poseur. Later I came to the realisation that he just had something to say, and he said it better than anybody else.

      1. I agree. Most of his music had dual meanings. I think China Girl is one of the best in that respect. Everything you write is lovely, Jane, but I really enjoyed the heart song in this tribute. I’m only sharing words today. I will reblog yours later this evening.

    1. I think you’re right. He built up such a weird and wonderful reputation it quite took over from the person he really was. Gentle and loving, the right words. I’m glad you liked the poem.

  1. Lovely, Jane! David Bowie’s words and music often permeated our house via three sons, especially the edest. He was much more than a showman, and entertainer…R.I.P.
    (What a gorgeous print of ‘stained glass’!)

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