Recently I’ve been doing a lot of listening to one of my favourite artists, Sleeping At Last. If you’re not familiar with him, you have to check him out. For one, his voice is intoxicating – intoxicatingly beautiful. For another, he is a brilliant composer and musical arranger, and every song and composition that he writes is like a piece of art for your ears.
He started a podcast not too long ago, in which he breaks down how he wrote and composed some of his songs, as well as uses it as a platform to debut new songs. I’ve been listening to it as well, and I have become so enamoured by how talented and raw he is – in his writing of lyrics, his melodies, and his instrumentation.
Sleeping At Last has an incredible knack for writing songs that are thematically linked, as demonstrated by his albums “Atlas: Year One” and “Atlas: Year Two”, and the description behind how it came to be is just as mind-blowing.
Inspired by his amazing talent, I’ve started writing series of poems that are thematically linked, and I think that I will release them out into the wild, slowly but surely.
I’ve been writing a series of poems based on colours, and tying them to emotions. To start with, here are three short poems based on our primary colours, and perhaps primary emotions: “Red/Anger”, “Blue/Sadness”, and “Yellow/Happiness”.
I’ve always tried to remain level-headed
In the face of adversity, in the face of things not going my way
In the face of condemnation and persecution
But like a fire can never be contained
I feel my fury rising
It burns red with anger and passion
And like the way fires are fuelled with oxygen
So long as I am breathing
So long as something ignites the spark in my veins
I will snap and set ablaze
I will be put out and left as ash
And the cycle will start all over again
It’s the unassuming things
Morning fog, constructivist theory, herbal tea
That remind me of you
But I swore I wasn’t sentimental
I remember all the times we talked about
How much we loved the ocean
Just the peace and calm that we feel from it
Its vast nature and just how far-reaching it was
We watched the waves ebb and flow
Honestly, I thought we were just admiring the water
You pointed out something that was caught in the waves
And we watched for ten minutes as it bobbed up and down
Something so small, so sad and helpless
In a sea of unending blue you said something absurd
“I want to swim out and catch that object”
And now, years later
Time has swept me out into the unforgiving sea of memories
I wonder if you’re on the shore now
Pointing me out to some girl who you’re seeing
Wondering what I am
Wondering if you should swim out to save me
I had never felt so free until I found myself
Apart from you and apart from the world
I stretch out my arms and feel myself
Being wrapped up in the rays of the warm sun
It is enriching
But all the same unnerving
I don’t know how long this happiness will last
How long will that bright, yellow light stay in my life?
What will I do when the light fades away?
I try to hold fast to what I remember
Taking mental pictures
Absorbing every last ray of light
Because there will come a time when the light turns to darkness
And all I’ll remember
Is how I felt when the sun was up
Kissing my cheek
Reassuring me that everything is alright