ON THE HEELS OF MR. TAMBOURINE MAN (a Glosa)

 

Take me on a trip upon your magic swirling ship
My senses have been stripped
My hands can't feel to grip
My toes too numb to step”

	~ from Mr. Tambourine Man by Bob Dylan

	My heart lies in the wasteland
	shattered into pieces
	just like the promises
	my idols used to make
	I laughed at him who would promise the moon
	then I heard you sing, my heart skipped -
	your dream woke my own
  	I  believed in magic again
	I let fall my crutches, your hands I grip - 
	Take me on a trip upon your magic swirling ship


	bring me to heights I have never been
	in the land of unicorns 
	we live enchantment
	Happiness we'll   sprinkle like stars
 	make believers of cynical hearts
	I am a  schoolgirl whose giddy  lips
 	burn with first love's kiss
	Slake my thirst
	This bliss  could I  keep?
	My senses have been stripped


	dancing by your strings
	Keep singing your song 
	to hold me in your thrall
	I will hold you in a pedestal 
	Your honor  is my own and 
	May  thunder and lightning rip
	him who pricks our bubble
	Yet sometimes I taste the honey-
	coated bile that from your mouth slips
	My hands can't feel to grip


	the scales around my eyes
	 I would rather keep them there
	to maintain my illusions
	than be hurt by  the truth-
	your grandeur was only my hunger
	feeding on itself.  If my world slipped
 	and revealed you for who you are -  
	a piper leading me to  a cliff - 
	Might I have that gift while I soundly slept: 
	My toes too numb to step.

For Meeting the Bar, DVerse Poets’ Pub asks the patrons to write a piece inspired by Bob Dylan to honor his winning the Nobel Prize for Literature. While I know Mr. Dylan, I am not familiar with his body of works except perhaps for Blowing in the Wind. It was widely played during the years of dictatorship in the Philippines and especially during its waning days in ’86. Blowing in the Wind became a pseudo anthem for the Filipinos aching to be free of the tyranny of the Marcos era. Perhaps my cousins played a lot of Mr. Dylan’s song, but I might not have appreciated his genre which tended towards folk-country.

I was a bit disheartened when I read about the Meeting the Bar prompt but I looked up his music in youtube anyway. I still had trouble with the musical flavor (I am sorry for the fans of the genre. I offer as excuse my growing up as a country bumpkin in the more rural villages of the Philippines) so I searched for the lyrics to his songs. What beautiful poetry opened before my eyes. I am most impressed by Mr. Tambourine Man, not only because of its wistful words, but also because I think that the melody is something I can relate to. After listening to the song several times, and reading the words several times, I am convinced that Mr. Tambourine Man is an even better work than Blowing in the Wind.

DVerse Poets' Pub's Meeting the Bar:  Bob Dylan
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22 comments

  1. I am glad you found a song and lyrics to your liking Imelda ~ And your glosa is amazing, from the first blush of magic to the sprinkling of happiness and finally the sad realization of the true nature of love ~ Thanks for sharing your inspired verses ~

  2. A wonderful song, and I’m so happy you dived into his words.. there are so many more and I actually hope that his texts to be published by others.. I thought of doing a glosa as well.. I’m glad I didn’t… yours is fantastic… also love the importance of Blowin’ in the wind for the Philippines…

  3. I like this song better than “Blowing in the Wind” too. I think my favorite Bob Dylan song may be “Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright,” but admittedly more for the melody than the lyrics.

  4. Believe it or not… I forgot the politics but began getting an understanding of the metaphor, then all his lyrics were meant for [personal] reflection, especially at that time of history…
    I enjoyed reading your work and your understanding of Hey, Mr. T. 🙂

  5. Oh, this is a favorite of mine. I was 14 and studying ballet at North Carolina School of the Arts and my first boyfriend would sing this song to me emphasizing “cast your dancing spell my way”. I smile every time I hear it. Lovely post.

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