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All You Need Is... for These Words to Last

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I have been writing off and on for many years. Now that I'm retired from the work force, I'm dedicating more time to the craft I enjoy.

Maybe all you need is a little help from a friend...

Maybe all you need is a little help from a friend...

All You Need Is... for These Words to Last

I need to get these words right

Precise

Exact

And durable, too

So in 100 years

They will still be here

For you to read

If you read them today

Imperfect

Wanting

And yearning, as well

Will they rightly convey

What I want to say

What I want to mean?

Maybe need is too strong

Desire

Aspire

And wishing also

With hope in addition

For enduring recognition

Of the message

John and Paul used the word ‘need’

And ‘you’

And ‘is love’

And ‘all’ was there, too

Around 48 times

But naught else that rhymes

With that single word

But the horns were catchy

Like a parade

Or a circus

Or the French national anthem

Marseillaise

In a psychedelic dress

And then the strings

Ah the strings

Were things

Of beauty and sophistication

Untethered imagination

And George Martin’s creation

And production

With Paul on double bass

John playing harpsichord

Where the strings are plucked

When the keys get struck

Baroque invoked

During the Summer of Love

So is need the right thing, is it real

Requirement

Necessity

A must have, too?

Or a Maverick need

A need for speed

With Goose on board

Fleeting

Passing

Urgent but not everlasting?

For me

I’d like it to be

Stationary

Not moveable

Immobile

An epiphany

A monolith

For the world to see and learn and remember

I can store it

In a tinderbox

On paper to burn

But not until the message is read

Or the paper is needed

For survival

Remember I said

I need to get this right

And make it last

To the last

So if you read it today

It will stay with you

Tomorrow

And the next day

For an era

An eon

For days long gone

An everlasting blink

Of the universal eye

All You Need Is Love - The Beatles (1967)

© 2020 greg cain

Comments

greg cain (author) from Moscow, Idaho, USA on August 31, 2020:

Thanks, Devika, and I couldn't agree more! Here's hoping that they can and will endure for eons...

greg cain (author) from Moscow, Idaho, USA on August 31, 2020:

Thanks, Flourish for the wonderful comment. The kitty - her name is Minverva - is a genuine helper in the early morning hour. She is quick to press a key, to step on Enter and move things along more rapidly than perhaps I'd like sometimes. On this day, she was helping me get it just right so it'd last for 100 years.

Devika Primic on August 28, 2020:

The thought of words lasting is incredible!

FlourishAnyway from USA on August 23, 2020:

I liked how you went round and round and chewed on this until you had it just so. Love the kitty too.

greg cain (author) from Moscow, Idaho, USA on August 18, 2020:

Sha Sha - you always flatter me, my friend. Thank you for the wonderful comments. Hope you have an enjoyable week yourself. Be well and be safe.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on August 16, 2020:

Box, your talent goes beyond measure. You have such a way with words. The way you paint them in our minds is enviable. You're amazing!

Enjoy your Sunday, my friend.

greg cain (author) from Moscow, Idaho, USA on August 16, 2020:

Dream On - Wow! Thank you! Thanks for the very special and complimentary comments and I hope you have a wonderful Sunday, too.

greg cain (author) from Moscow, Idaho, USA on August 16, 2020:

LIz - yours is an interesting thought. I'd not considered a theme at all, actually, as the song seemed to wedge itself into my stream of consciousness while I was writing about my desire to write something that would serve as an enduring, widespread epiphany that gets us all on the same sheet of music, so to speak. Then the song came along for the ride. I may, however, consider what you say someday. Thanks for the awesome comment!

DREAM ON on August 16, 2020:

You have such a knack for words that go well beyond my comprehension. I am once again on a new journey that you so masterfully complete. All You Need Is Love sends my brain into overdrive. Thank you for once again pushing the limits and pressing on. Have a wonderful Sunday.

Liz Westwood from UK on August 15, 2020:

This is a great basis for a poem. I am wondering if you might follow a theme here. Which song will be next? Your poetry makes a lot more sense than the original lyrics.

greg cain (author) from Moscow, Idaho, USA on August 15, 2020:

Thanks, Ankita, for the wonderfully kind words. Have a good weekend.

greg cain (author) from Moscow, Idaho, USA on August 15, 2020:

Nicholas - thanks, my friend. Much appreciated.

greg cain (author) from Moscow, Idaho, USA on August 15, 2020:

Bill - I married up, too. It couldn't help but be so.

greg cain (author) from Moscow, Idaho, USA on August 15, 2020:

Lorna - me, too. I am a believer in this variation on the old saying: With your last breath, you won't be wishing you'd worked more and loved less.

Ankita B on August 14, 2020:

Wonderful concept with amazing choice of words. I loved your poem.

Nicholas W King on August 14, 2020:

Nice way to incorporate the Beatles into the poem. Great work.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on August 14, 2020:

Any poem accompanied by The Beatles is a good poem by me. It's like me being with my wife; I'm a better person because of her. Not that I didn't like your poem....LOL...because I did. Now I'm just babbling.

Lorna Lamon on August 14, 2020:

These are the words that imprint on the mind, remain in our memories and touch our hearts. I love your concept and choice of words which take flight with their own rhythm. I hope that when we do look back, we will remember that all we needed was love.

greg cain (author) from Moscow, Idaho, USA on August 14, 2020:

Thanks, Devika. Yes, the song is one of their best and it comes from perhaps their best album, too. Great stuff!

greg cain (author) from Moscow, Idaho, USA on August 14, 2020:

Eric - indeed, my friend. And thus the dilemma...is need the right word? That’s where this all started, truthfully. One would like to provide the unifying epiphany for all to see...but alas...

greg cain (author) from Moscow, Idaho, USA on August 14, 2020:

Thanks, Ann, for the lovely gesture and comment. I do appreciate it.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on August 14, 2020:

Love is to cherish and hold on to at all times. I like the song as well.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on August 14, 2020:

Well a great big thanks guy. Reaffirming of love and rhyme. 100 yrs???

I need to get this right???

I have no such illusions. :-)

Ann Carr from SW England on August 14, 2020:

Brilliant! I'm keeping a copy on my main screen.

Love the rhythm, love the rhyme, love the references to the song. The concept is amazing, your presentation outstanding! What more can I say?

Ann