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#MM Music Challenge — Steppenwolf erasure poem

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Jim Adams is the far-seeing host of Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Music Challenge.  Jim says:
The challenge today is to focus on [“Midnight at the Oasis,” by Maria Muldaur] and use it for a short story, a piece of flash fiction, or a poem that you can share with the WordPress writing community.

My favorite part of the song is:

But you won’t need no harem, honey
When I’m by your side
And you won’t need no camel, no no
When I take you for a ride

I’m thinking now of Steppenwolf’s Magic Carpet Ride, where it feels like you’ve entered another realm, an altered state of reality.

I like to dream, yes, yes
Right between the sound machine
On a cloud of sound I drift in the night
Any place it goes is right
Goes far, flies near
To the stars away from here
Well, you don’t know what
We can find
Why don’t you come with me little girl
On a magic carpet ride
Well, you don’t know what
We can see
Why don’t you tell your dreams to me
Fantasy will set you free
Close your eyes girl
Look inside girl
Let the sound take you away
Last night I hold Aladdin’s lamp
So I wished that I could stay
Before the thing could answer me
Well, someone came and took the lamp away
I looked
Around
A lousy candle’s all I found
Well, you don’t know what
We can find
Why don’t you come with me little girl
On a magic carpet ride
Well, you don’t know what
We can see
Why don’t you tell your dreams to me
Fantasy will set you free
Close your eyes girl
Look inside girl
Let the sound take you away
Songwriters: John Kay / Rushton John Moreve

I turned Magic Carpet Ride into an erasure poem:

dream
right between
on a cloud of sound
it goes to the stars

you know we can
come with me
magic ride
you know we can
tell me

fantasy free
your inside sound[s]
take you

Aladdin wished
before someone
took the lamp
a candle
you don’t find

why don’t you ride?
you don’t see your dreams
set you free
your dreams look inside
sound away

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