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show me how to live!
the day I tried…
fell on black days
[a]live to rise
my wave
hunted down
outshined

head down
burden in my hand

heaven’s dead
black rain
rusty cage

the last remaining light
nothing left to say but goodbye

goodbye

 

 

Today is the three-year deathversary of Chris Cornell, who died after hanging himself in a hotel bathroom after a concert in Detroit. Chris had struggled with depression and abusing mind-altering substances over the years. The post-mortem drug screen done on his body showed no presence of any mind-altering substance – other than the physician-prescribed Ativan, which, though used to treat anxiety, has a nasty side effect of increasing suicide ideation. Chris had an assistant/body guard that was supposed to be with him at all times. He wasn’t there with Chris that night.

All words in the quadrille are titles to songs Chris wrote and/or sang, except the last word. I took two words off of the title in the second line [“to live”] and added an “a” to the title of the fourth line.

Whimsygizmo (aka De Jackson) is today’s host of dVerse.  De says:
Whether you fixate on the word awhile, or go for a quick fix, be sure to include some form of the word in your 44-word poem: Fix. Fixture. Fixing. Fixable. Fixation. Fixer-upper.

Hoping that using it in the title is acceptable.

40 Comments Add yours

    1. msjadeli says:

      Glad you like it.

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  1. whimsygizmo says:

    Wow! Nicely done. I already loved this, and then read your explanation that it is all song titles. Amazing.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      De, thank you. There was a lot of darkness in his songs.

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  2. Beverly Crawford says:

    A sad story of a life too short. Clever use of the song titles. Nice tribute.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Beverly.

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  3. Such a clever arrangement of titles. What a voice! I imagine a world where “nasty side effect” is no longer floated, and “this toxin causes suicide” are the words on the warning label.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      EXACTLY, Victoria.

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  4. Sadje says:

    A sad story.

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  5. Grace says:

    That is a sad backgrounder to your poem. That black rain imagery is very bleak.

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  6. memadtwo says:

    Three years already…
    Too many drugs fix one thing and unfix another. (K)

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  7. Frank Hubeny says:

    May it all get fixed and we find a way to live.

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  8. hank77 says:

    kaykuala

    the last remaining light
    nothing left to say but goodbye

    Any last word? It may come to this and we are not even aware of any wrong! Whew!

    Hank

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  9. Nicely done tribute.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Arcadia.

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  10. Wow. This is fab. Heartbreaking, but fab.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you much, Na’ama.

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  11. Truedessa says:

    He was talented and his story sad. I nice remembrance poem.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Truedessa, yes he was and it is sad.

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  12. So tragic with depression… a terrible disease. Love that you used titles.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Either you’re up late or up early. Glad you liked the title poem. Hey you got me started on them 🙂

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  13. gillena cox says:

    Okay, so i read the poem, didnt know you had used song titles till i read some comments. Sooo i searched and listened ti sone of the songs in YouTube
    Thanks god the poem and the new music experience

    Much💙love

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    1. msjadeli says:

      So glad you went out to listen to some of his songs. They are raw and they are real. One song of theirs that has a good video is “Blow up the Outside World.”

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  14. kim881 says:

    It has taken me all morning to sort out my laptop. I had to search in my cable drawer for an ethernet cable and finally found one – and it works! It just means that I can’t print to my Wi-Fi printers at the moment, I found a laptop I used some years ago, which still works and has Wi-Fi, so I’ll sort that one out later in the week. I’m so glad I got it sorted out because I got to read your poem and I’m a huge Soundgarden and Chris Cornell fan, and love your poem!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Awesome on the partial fix, Kim. So glad you love Soundgarden and Chris. I know you’re a big Joni Mitchell fan also. You and I have some similar musical tastes.

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  15. Such a creative quadrille Lisa. I love that you chose song titles and and came up with a beautiful poem. A sad story. 💕

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Christine, my heart broke when I heard about Chris. I can’t believe it’s been 3 years already 😦

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  16. Helen says:

    And then ….. to say hello!!!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Yes 🙂 ❤

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  17. Chris Cornell and his friend Chester Bennington. Two legends I’ll never forget. A beautiful tribute,Li.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      ❤ ❤ Yes. Thank you.

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  18. Mish says:

    A wonderful tribute. His voice was like no other.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Mish.

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  19. kittysverses says:

    A sad end to life, an amazing tribute. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      So glad you liked it, Kitty, thank you.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. kittysverses says:

        You are welcome, Li. 🙂

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