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Fun Friday–Playlist First-Lines Poem

Friday, August 21, 2009


djRules: Using your iPod, your MP3 player, your iTunes, your Windows Media Player, (set on Shuffle/Random) or or, create a “free-form poem” by writing down the first line of a song, then skipping to the next song. Try at least 20 and see what you come up with.


I feel the sudden urge to sing:
More than the greatest love the world has known.
If you’re ever in a jam, here I am—
I can’t give you anything but love, baby.

It’s the wrong time, and the wrong place—
In the still of the night, as I gaze from my window—
Dance, ballerina, dance . . .
I’d cry like a baby if you told me good-bye.

You’re the fly in my ointment.
I walk along the street of sorrow;
Every time we say good-bye, I die a little.
Life’s great, life’s grand.

I know that someday, you’ll want me to want you—
Saturday night is the loneliest night of the week.
I’m back in the saddle again . . .
Cuddle up a little closer, oh, lovey mine.

Watch the sunrise on a tropic isle;
The moon belongs to everyone.
It looks like love; it feels like love—
The evening breeze caressed the trees tenderly.

Do you recall that night in June when first we met?
I was just another who laughed at romance.
Where stately oaks and broad magnolias shade inspiring halls,
Just in time, I found you just in time.

Heart and soul, I fell in love with you
Way down upon the Swanee River
In Napoli beside the sea, it happened on a night like this.
Return to me.


Now it’s your turn. Share your poem here or post it to your blog and come back to post the link. Your comment today will count toward the drawing for the Sheaf House books gift pack!

  1. Friday, August 21, 2009 6:55 am

    I’m off to do this right now! 🙂 You should put up a McLinky so we can all go around and visit each other today…

    I don’t know if I should be giddy or scared to see what emerges…

    Love yours!

    Here’s a link to mine:


  2. Friday, August 21, 2009 12:58 pm

    Here’s the link to mine! This was fun!


  3. Friday, August 21, 2009 1:39 pm

    Fun idea, though I’m twentieth-century enough that I still have most of my music on CD, so this would be more trouble than its worth:) Someday I’ll get with the program, just not today. I need to be in WWII mode today if I’m going to get any writing done.

    Speaking of writing, were you serious that we should comment if your word count meter hasn’t gone up in a few days? Get some words going, even if you have to delete most of them later:)


    • Friday, August 21, 2009 3:18 pm

      I’m with Emilie – Get crackin’ on that sequel!! 🙂 Your anxious fans await!


  4. Friday, August 21, 2009 5:12 pm

    Okay, when I have a few free minutes I have to try this, cause that’s kind of cute 😀 And do you want to just send my the second novel in the Ransome Series now 😀 Seriously I don’t know how I’m going to wait!!!! 😀 😀


  5. Sylvia permalink
    Friday, August 21, 2009 5:35 pm

    Yes, please keep writing the next Ransome book. We are all longing for some great, normal, page-turner, Christian fiction.

    I must say that I don’t own an i-pod, mp3 player, or anything like that. I hardly ever listen to music, but when I do it’s mostly classical (no words) or gospel. I hardly have any regular secular singing CD’s, except The Scarlet Pimpernel broadway.


  6. Adrienne permalink
    Friday, August 21, 2009 6:30 pm

    This reminds me of when I took my favorite sentence from every poem in Psalm 119 to make one huge… I don’t know what you would call it, but it was interesting. Okay, here’s mine:

    I feel the sun it’s returned again to chase the cold far away
    I waited for You today
    I come on my knees and lay down before You bringing all that I am
    Oh for a thousand tongues to sing my great Redeemer’s praise

    Remember when I was young so were you
    There’s always a better way

    Wonderful so wonderful is Your unfailing love
    Who am I that the Lord of all the earth would care to know my name
    would care to feel my hurt?
    I never liked the rain till I walked through it with you
    I catalog these steps now

    I come to the garden alone while the dew is still on the roses
    I’ve been here grounded for too long
    The dawn is breaking a light shining through
    There are days when I feel the best of me is ready to begin

    Well I went down to the Grundy County Auction
    Let’s go back, back to the beginning
    In the darkest hour I must face
    We call upon Your name

    Take a look at the mountain stretching a mile high
    I have a shelter in the storm when troubles pour upon me
    I long for Your embrace every single day to meet You in this place.

    And that is that.


    • Saturday, August 22, 2009 6:34 am

      Ok – the Grundy County auction line just made me laugh out loud – so serious up until then! 🙂


      • Sylvia permalink
        Saturday, August 22, 2009 10:53 am

        No kidding! I thought she was writing down the first lines of the Psalm that she was referring to from a different translation than I was used to hearing. I realized that it certainly wasn’t a Psalm when I read the Grundy County auction line!


  7. Friday, August 21, 2009 8:19 pm

    Kaye, this was SO MUCH fun!! I’ve been laughing so hard, tears are rolling down my face! Thank you for such a fun time! LOL

    Here’s my link:


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