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New York’s Debbie Harry and Taylor Momsen Valentine Poem

Where is the Love? The Black Eyed Peas asked in 2003. I was down on the riverbank, but nobody told them, so I spent ten years struggling until being discovered by the Greenygrey last year.

The Greenygrey asked the same question an hour ago, and when it found me said I should post some stuff for the humans out there, after I focused almost entirely on voles in my first post… and totally on lovely vole photos.

Love the Valentine Vole Bank_vole

Hi, it’s Love the mixed-up vole presenting the blog for Valentine, as I have love coursing through my name.

Needing some quick human material I went over to the fmpoetry website to check for new poems.

Billy Joel sang New York State of Mind in 1976, and I think Marc Latham was in such a thought process when he wrote his latest Folding Mirror poem for Valentine’s Day, as it features New York singers Debbie Harry and Taylor Momsen.

Valentine Poem New York Generations

There’s a lot more about the rationale behind the poem, and a couple of cool photos over on the fmpoetry.wordpress.com website. Here’s the info about how the poem works, followed by the poem:

The poem contains 19 Blondie song titles and two albums in the top half and middle line; and the same amount of The Pretty Reckless music in the bottom half. The former’s singles are written in green ink, the latter’s in blue; all the albums are in orange.

Atomic and Rapture are two different songs without a gap between them in the poem.

The poem kind of tells a story through the song titles, but it was mainly an exercise in constructing a mirroring poem rather than telling an original or personal story. Some of the lines mirror quite nicely.

Heart of Glass (song)

Valentine Love Poem, Songs Without Music
Debbie Harry and Taylor Momsen, New York two Generations R&R
Heavy Metal Ballad, Beyond Elite Understanding

Dreaming of Your Prescence Dear 
on an Island of Lost Souls 
Plastic Letters melted In The Sun
The Hardest Part was Hanging on the Telephone
waiting for you to Call Me 
don’t have a Heart of Glass 
so it would have been Atomic Rapture 
to meet you In The Flesh
but Parallel Lines don’t cross
and my vow that Pretty Baby
One Way or Another
I’m Gonna Love You Too
disappeared at 11.59
that time when The Tide is High
didn’t even Die Young Stay Pretty 
instead developing a Poet’s Problem 

Go Through It writing, Nothing Left to Lose

Factory Girl manufacturing my thoughts
ideas that Make Me Wanna Die 
exploding into silent angst Since You’re Gone
Void and Null
I never was no Superhero 
Where Did Jesus Go
not leading your Blonde Rebellion that
did once Light Me Up 
seems a place Far From Never 
when my love Heart would always Panic 
but Everybody Wants Something From Me 
so didn’t hear You say Follow Me Down
I’m Going to Hell wanna Burn 
together I Really Fucking Love You
Sweet Things please Kill Me

Taylor Momsen
Cover of Taylor Momsen
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Valentine’s Day Poem with Debbie Harry and Taylor Momsen

Marc Latham’s latest Folding Mirror was inspired by seeing The Pretty Reckless in concert a couple of years ago, and thinking lead singer Taylor Momsen reminded him of Debbie Harry, who he’d idolised when Blondie were at their peak around 1978-1981.

He didn’t complete it then because he didn’t think British society was ready for it. He now hopes it might be, so he completed it for Valentine’s Day.

Debbie Harry and Taylor Momsen

Debbie Harry was about twenty years older than Marc, and Taylor Momsen is about twenty years younger, and both hail from New York, New York.

It was so good they named it twice, and it produced two great rock chicks. Moreover, the missing link between the two, from the same generation as Marc, would probably be Madonna (although she’s from Michigan and is seven years older than Marc).

As Blondie declined Marc got into rock and metal music, and Guns N’ Roses became his favourite band. Another link is that The Pretty Reckless opened for GnR a few years ago.

Unconditional Appreciation

Although Marc would have loved to see Blondie in their heyday he’s never gone to see them. He never expects to see The Pretty Reckless or meet Taylor Momsen.

The poem idea was created instantly, with the generational divide giving Marc the idea of a Folding Mirror poem.

He hopes women like Debbie Harry and Taylor Momsen continue to emerge, succeed and live free happy lives.

As well as being beautiful and a great singer Debbie Harry was also inspirational, dressing like what some people would consider a stereotypical slutty bimbo, but always proving them wrong by being articulate, and faithful to fellow Blondie bandmate Chris Stein, and nursing him through long-term illness.

Marc doesn’t know much about Taylor Momsen, but hopes she continues to rock the music world, and emulates Debbie Harry; although she is of course original and her own person, and The Pretty Reckless are much more rock than Blondie were.

The Mirror Poem

The poem contains 19 Blondie song titles and two albums in the top half and middle line; and the same amount of The Pretty Reckless music in the bottom half. The former’s singles are written in green ink, the latter’s in blue; all the albums are in orange. Atomic and Rapture are two different songs without a gap between in the poem.

The poem kind of tells a story through the song titles, but it was mainly an exercise in constructing a mirroring poem rather than telling an original or personal story. Some of the lines mirror quite nicely.

Happy Valentine’s, posting around 11.59 G.M.T.!

Valentine Love Poem, Songs Without Music
Debbie Harry and Taylor Momsen, New York two Generations R&R
Heavy Metal Ballad, Beyond Elite Understanding

Dreaming of Your Prescence Dear
on an Island of Lost Souls
Plastic Letters melted In The Sun
The Hardest Part was Hanging on the Telephone
waiting for you to Call Me
don’t have a Heart of Glass
so it would have been Atomic Rapture
to meet you In The Flesh
but Parallel Lines don’t cross
and my vow that Pretty Baby
One Way or Another
I’m Gonna Love You Too
disappeared at 11.59
that time when The Tide is High
didn’t even Die Young Stay Pretty
instead developing a Poet’s Problem 

Go Through It writing, Nothing Left to Lose

Factory Girl manufacturing my thoughts
ideas that Make Me Wanna Die
exploding into silent angst Since You’re Gone
Void and Null
I never was no Superhero
Where Did Jesus Go
not leading your Blonde Rebellion that
did once Light Me Up
seems a place Far From Never
when my love Heart would always Panic
but Everybody Wants Something From Me
so didn’t hear You say Follow Me Down
I’m Going to Hell wanna Burn
together I Really Fucking Love You
Sweet Things please Kill Me 

Marc Latham’s central site is the Greenygrey (http://www.greenygrey.co.uk), and he has books available on Smashwords and Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/author/marclatham).

Valentine Love Mixed-Up Vole Photos

Love is in the anagram air for Valentine’s Day at the Greenygrey. Yes, you’re not dreaming, it really is Love, your Valentine vole.

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Original photo from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Bank_vole.jpg

They must be mad, but they’ve given the blog over to their favourite mixed-up vole for Valentine’s Day… only at the Greenygrey!

Valentine Love Vole Photos

I’ve taken the opportunity to bring you lots of lovely greenygrey vole photos that I just know you’re going to love, just like me. Here you are, Happy Valentine’s, and remember to show those vomantic voles some love!

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Poem about Love being like a Drug

Last week was one of positives and negatives in the creation of the 242 Folding Mirror Poems and Reflections book, with a new poem created, but another duplicate found. That left one more poem to create to reach 121 Folding Mirror poems.  The good news is that it was written today. This is the poem written last week.
It was written after an article reported that the striatum part of the brain is connected with desires for love and drugs, as proposed by an old Roxy Music song.
Sky in the sky
Sky in the sky (Photo credit: luvi)
Blue Skies, Delta Blues
EUPHORIA
DARLING GLORIA
SWEET MORNING GLORY
SUN IS SHINING
BIRDS IN THE AIR
SKY IS INVITING
WHAT GOES UP…
Try not to stray from the Striatum
must come down…
in a hole
thunder is over there
clouds of despair
dealt the blues
dragon looms
depression
The Greyest of Blue Skies (album)
The Greyest of Blue Skies (album) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Marc Latham’s Central site is @ greenygrey.co.uk (http:www.greenygrey.co.uk)

Poem about the Desire to Fly to Freedom

glass
Marc Latham’s latest folding mirror poem is about a gnat, empathy, flight and freedom.   Here’s the poetry:
Not Love, Gnat Empathy
Banging your head against glass
third attempt on double glazing
I don’t like you
gnat on the window
but I empathise
with your attempt
to fly free
amongst nature
once again
window reflects desire
open air
outside there
no real horizons
an oyster world
I keep knocking
my imagination on glass
unable to take off
but I travelled three times
so I open the window.
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