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.