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Mixed Tape

ocfireflies AKA Kim Houck is a retired educator. She has enjoyed creative writing for as long as she can remember.

A mixed tape from my library


Song Titles and Song Lyrics

Embedded in my poem, Mixed Tape are lots of song lyrics and titles. I have included a poll at the end of this hub so you can vote on how many you noticed as you read the poem. Naturally, I hope lots of folks will read the poem and vote in the poll.

Lyrically Alluding

To understand the voice within
With patches all over my one tin body

I begin
My journey

Where strawberry fields flow on forever
Where it’s still Rock n Roll to me

As I stand in solitude
Looking into the doorway

My stomach knocks three times
As if to say

Watch out!
Carnival sending in the clowns

A thousand miles from nowhere
I may get lost and never found

Frolicking in Autumn mist
‘Cause that’s the way the world goes ‘round

Like little Jackie paper
I turn, turn and toss

Candles blow in the wind
Yearning for yellow brick roads

Like San Andreas,
I feel like everything is my fault

Choices I made
What I am is what I am

Or what
Made me


Tucked away me

Into one closet
After another

Branded, stranded
Pulled ropes tighter

Breathing, breathing
Just became quieter

A wretch like me
My blue eyes crying in the rain

Niagara Falls for all to see
Please numb the pain

Make it go away
Send me back to Honahlee

When we walked
And talked and made plans

When you rolled around
Stretched and kicked

It’s hard to go back home
When there never was one

So many rooms have I painted
So many times I have waited

For the voice within
To guide me

Along the right path
Of freedom, security

Only to be locked,
Blocked and traumatized

With every breath I take
I beg forgiveness

For every wrong
For every song

I couldn’t sing
You are my sunshine

My only sunshine
My silver lining

My First Aid Kit

Allusion Challenge

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2019 ocfireflies


ocfireflies (author) from North Carolina on December 05, 2019:


Thank You! I do enjoy the feeling when the words just flow...even if they appear to go in every direction, lol.


Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on December 04, 2019:

Amazing feeling you must have had when putting words together here. I loved it!

ocfireflies (author) from North Carolina on April 07, 2019:

Thanks Dianna for your kind comments.


Dianna Mendez on April 06, 2019:

I enjoy your creative writing style. Clever piece.

ocfireflies (author) from North Carolina on March 24, 2019:


Thank you for reading my poem and leaving such lovely comments.

You made my day.


Genna East from Massachusetts, USA on March 24, 2019:

Oh, Kim, this is amazing! I loved your brilliant and creative lyrical allusions...and 'Mixed Tape' is the perfect title.

ocfireflies (author) from North Carolina on March 19, 2019:

Dear Max,

Thank you for your kindness and encouragement.


Max Havlick from Villa Park, Illinois on March 18, 2019:

My stale words get nervous glances;

yours inspire divine romances.

You're the poet, muse, companion

showing love inside opinion.

Look! Your crowd of co-respondents!

Ardent friends in bright resplendence.

When you sing, you inspire others.

Otherwise, it seems, Who bothers?

That's why I encourage you

to write and write 'till you are through!


ocfireflies (author) from North Carolina on March 18, 2019:

My Dear Max,

Thank you so much for your lovely and poetic analysis.

What a wonderful way to start my day.

Blessings Always and Forever,


Max Havlick from Villa Park, Illinois on March 17, 2019:

Here the light of poetry glows bright in Kimberly:

stormy clouds give way so she can treat us tenderly:

mind-entrancing in her creativity and scope,

everything from bleak despair to life-enhancing hope,

out-of-season mellow fruits of every kind to eat

telling us of gentle touches every time we meet.

Thank you, Kim,


ocfireflies (author) from North Carolina on March 16, 2019:


Thanks for reading my poem, and thank you for noting the powerful feelings that served as motivation for the poem. This is still a work in progress. It is an attempt on my part to make sense of my past in order to make sense of my present state of mind.


Mel Carriere from Snowbound and down in Northern Colorado on March 15, 2019:

That was beautiful and I really felt it, and I can tell you really had some powerful feelings when you wrote it. Inspiring idea to patch together the words of songs but at the same time make them your own.

ocfireflies (author) from North Carolina on March 15, 2019:

Hey Benton,

Long time...per always, your insight and encouragement is appreciated.

Hoping you and yours are all well.

Benton Arnschluke on March 15, 2019:

Wonderful poem! Skillful use of allusion. Keep on rocking!

ocfireflies (author) from North Carolina on March 15, 2019:

Hi Bill,

Thank you so much for reading my poem. Hoping you and yours are well.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on March 15, 2019:

How very clever! I really enjoyed digging through this pile of memories.

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