Lovers in Paris by Jacob Gurevitsch – Saturday Song

Lovers in Paris by Jacob Gurevitsch

Tonight’s song is an instrumental. And one of those I wouldn’t have known had it not been for my dance training. 

I really love the dreamy feel of this one, the passion, love and longing. 


Lovers in Paris by Jacob Gurevitsch

Monday Evening – A Haibun

Heat dissipates in waves. Sweat turns cold and clammy. I stretch muscles that are stiffening. Already aching with exercise pain. My mind echo with the song I’ve just danced the happy Jive to. Suffused with the endorphins a good workout gives, it’s calm and at peace. Outside the window the full moon rises over the treetops.

In the silver light
Thoughts swirl like moths round and round
Time to say goodnight

© RedCat

Written for tonight’s Haibun prompt over at dVerse.

You Can’t Handle Me by Thundermother – Saturday Song

You Can’t Handle Me by Thundermother

It’s Saturday and time for a song. As you might have noticed by now my song taste is eclectic.
So tonight we’re going rock’n’roll!

Released just yesterday! You Can’t Handle Me, by the Swedish band Thundermother.

This one would probably have evaded me if not for the fact that one of my dance instructors is the director of the music video. 

So hit play and enjoy a showcase of female strength. 


You Can’t Handle Me by Thundermother

Green Light by Lorde – Saturday Song

Green Light by Lorde

Saturday and I thought for once I try to put up my Saturday Song well before midnight.

Tonight you’ll get a Green Light by Lorde. An artist I had read about but not listened to until synchronicity struck.

Someone I recently got to know started to talk about Lorde’s music, and dVerse hosted a Synesthesia prompt, where she was prominent. After that I started to listen to her and directly fell in love with her music. So here’s one of her songs that instantly makes me smile and feel better whatever life has thrown at me that day. To say nothing of how much I just want to dance like there’s no tomorrow. 

I’ve written two Synesthesia inspired poems, Colours of the Choir and Trapped Within A Glass-Shard Maze.


Green Light by Lorde

To all the good girls

Photo by Wellington Cunha from Pexels

To all the good girls

We despair of you losing a good time
We despair of you being fast asleep at bedtime
and be numbed normally grey and unmoved
and stable and sane and with all troubles removed

and as expected at the wake-up chime
to wake up slowly in your own time
We despair it’ll go much faster than you think
We despair it will take but a seconds blink


The conflicted poet

At first it seemed like a waste of words and time
I don’t want to write about good girls being fine
But then I starten to flip (nearly) all the words
And got surprised at what I heard
A note from all the naughty girls
To all the goody two shoes that never through the night twirls


Photo by Maor Attias from Pexels

Written for tonight’s dVerse — Poetics — Flipping Meanings prompt. Tonight’s challenge, was to pick one of these three pathways to use to write a poem:

  1. Choose one of your favorite poems by another poet and flip the meaning on it as shown in the video. Please include both the original poem and poet’s attribution along with your flipped poem;
  2. Choose one of your OWN favorite poems and flip it. Please include your original poem along with your flipped poem;
  3. Write a diamante poem as outlined above.

Bonus challenge questions: how did it feel to flip the script? Are you happy with how it turned out?

I chose path 3 and picked a poem I loved during adolescence. From A Bad Girl by Karin Boye, although I much prefer using naughty or wicked when I translate the title. I also took the bonus challenge which itself turned into another poem.

One of the few words I didn’t flip was Girl, the reason for this is that I identify both with the original poem and as a girl. So I wanted to keep an hint of the original meaning.

You can read a translation of the original below. The translation is from The Karin Boye Society.


I hope you’re having a rotten time.
I hope you’re lying awake like I am,
and feeling strangely glad and stirred
and dizzy and anxious and very disturbed.

and suddenly you’ll hurry up
to settle down and sleep like a top.
I hope it takes you longer than you think…
I hope you don’t even get a wink!

Från en stygg flicka av Karin Boye – Translated into English by David McDuff in “Karin Boye: Complete poems”.

Broadway Boogie Woogie

Count Basie – Basie Boogie

Come on my beauty
Stop being all broody
Put on a dress, get out of your pajama

Come on sweet cookie
Stop looking so gloomy
Paint your lips, forget all the drama

I know the stage is all quiet and spooky
I know we all feel sad and droopy
We’ll turn on the lights and tune the piano

Fill the place with laughter and goofy
With everything that makes life goody goody
I won’t let my love wilt in the shadow

Tell the piano player to play the boogie woogie
We’ll dance ‘til we’re all happy and woozy
Let’s us hear again your soaring soprano


Written for tonight’s Poetics: The Poet as Painter prompt at dVerse. Where Laura asks us to choose one title of modern and contemporary abstract art and write a painterly poem – in other words, paint a picture that we imagine fits the title.

I chose Broadway Boogie Woogie by Piet Mondrian, as it directly spoke to my longing for dance and fun. And while listening to Count Basie, imagined a very different painting then the referenced one.

Boogie Woogie (I May Be Wrong) – Live at the Newport Jazz Festival, 1957

I Wanna Go – A Quadrille

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I wanna go over the rainbow
Fly the heavens where soul stars glow
Visit fairy where dreams grow

I wanna dance the mambo
Sparkle and shimmer in disco
Twirl and spin in tango

I wanna go where music flow
Where happy faces shine aglow


Today it’s Quadrille Monday over at dVerse. In which we write poems of precisely 44 words, including one word we’re provided. Today’s word is GO

For some time all my mind could come up with “Wake me up before you go-go”.
Then “I want to go home”. I have a head full of lyrics from a life singing. After playing both songs I tried to share my (and everyone else) longing for life to yet again contain those things we did so easily before the pandemic. 

I have truly fallen for this dVerse creation. I find myself writing Quadrilles any odd time.
Read some of them here.

Wake me up before you go-go – Wham
I want to go home – Jonny Cash

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