Prose Into Poetry

Everyday Poetry: Snow: Bob Dylan

Here’s a bit of prose that I tweaked into a poem.

Snow or no snow,
It was time for me to go.

When I arrived in Minneapolis
It seemed like a big city;
When I left it was like some rural outpost
You see once from a passing train.

Bob Dylan

Quoted in Howard Sounes: Down The Highway (p.95)


Serious Like Weird Al (pt.4)

Another piece of evidence as I build a case for why Weird Al Yankovic should be hailed as one of the most skillful songwriters of this generation. Take a look at these lyrics – notice anything unusual?
Bob by Weird Al Yankovic
I, man, am regal – a German am I
Never odd or even if I had a hi-fi
Madam, I’m Adam, too hot to hoot
No lemons, no melon, too bad I hid a boot
Lisa Bonet ate no basil, Warsaw was raw
Was it a car or a cat I saw?
Rise to vote, sir, do geese see God?
“Do nine men interpret?” “Nine men,” I nod
Rats live on no evil star.
Won’t lovers revolt now? Race fast, safe car
Pa’s a sap, Ma is as selfless as I am
May a moody baby doom a yam?
Ah, Satan sees Natasha. No devil lived on
Lonely Tylenol not a banana baton
No “x” in “Nixon”, O, stone, be not so
O Geronimo, no minor ego
“Naomi,” I moan, “A Toyota’s a Toyota”
A dog, a panic in a pagoda
Oh no! Don Ho! Nurse, I spy gypsies – run!
Senile felines, now I see bees I won
UFO tofu. We panic in a pew
Oozy rat in a sanitary zoo
God! A red nugget! A fat egg under a dog!
Go hang a salami, I’m a lasagna hog
Spot it? That’s right. Every single line is a palindrome – or two (i.e. reads the same backwards as well as forward). Even the title is a palidrome. Pretty clever huh? But that’s not enough for our dread champion. The song actually rhymes as well and, as a pastiche of Subterranean Homesick Blues, the lyrics also make sense – in a Dylanesque psychedelic stream of conscience kind of way.
Add a simple video that also parodies Dylan’s groundbreaking video and you have a work of art.
(sorry about the dumb advert first…)

Part 1 (White & Nerdy)
Part 2 (Jerry Springer/One Week)
Part 3 (The Saga Begins/American Pie & Ode To A Superhero/Piano Man)