Nature’s heart – A very short poem.

Today I discovered a new challenge, the CCC challenge and in response to this fantastic picture, I have written a short poem.

To escape from life’s hustle and bustle,

I go where the leaves like to rustle,

Those back alleyways, where nature naturally stays.

An oasis that boosts my heart muscle.

This also reminds me of a poem I wrote many years ago:

I have also included the following word prompt:

Song Lyric Sunday – Don’t Need No Education? Actually you do.

Last week I took part in Jim Adam’s Song Lyric Sunday Challenge, the theme was songs that feature Lion, Tiger, Bear, Eagle, Shark suggested by Paula of Light Motifs II.

Click on the link to see my post for last week:

The Song Lyric Sunday Challenge this week the theme is songs that are about School, College, Education, Class, Degree also suggested by Paula of Light Motifs II. 

Click on the link below to see Jim Adam’s post and to take part in the challenge.

Doing some research into songs about education made me discover that most of them were negative, derisory, saying how bad education is and how great it would be without it… How sad! Education is the saving light that can change lives for the better. Many of us are privileged to be living in a society that provides education to our children and yet we scorn it. In other parts of the world, where education isn’t such a given, they seem to regard it with the respect it is due. It can transform lives by giving knowledge and enhancing skills so that people can transcend the spheres they happen to have been born into. It is the great leveler that helps to break down barriers to enable us all to expand and grow to hopefully achieve our full potentials. I only hope that this loss of respect for education is a phase that ends soon and we return to giving it the credit of our wholehearted attention. You may spot that I’m rather a fan of education as a whole and I’d love to instigate a revival of education as a key pillar of society and civilisation.

Now for something more lighthearted, I’ve chosen two songs that I think fit the theme, naturally, and also have a more positive attitude to education:

Firstly Sam Cooke’s Wonderful World, which was written in 1959 and released in 1960. The song was mainly composed by songwriting team Lou Adler and Herb Alpert, but Cooke revised the lyrics to mention the subject of education more.

Lyrics

Don’t know much about history,
Don’t know much biology.
Don’t know much about a science book,
Don’t know much about the french I took.
But I do know that I love you,
And I know that if you love me, too,
What a wonderful world this would be.

Don’t know much about geography,
Don’t know much trigonometry.
Don’t know much about algebra,
Don’t know what s slide rule is for.
But I know that one and one is two,
And if this one could be with you,
What a wonderful world this would be.

I don’t claim to be an ‘A’ student,
But I’m tryin’ to be.
For maybe by being an ‘A’-student, baby,
I can win your love for me.

Don’t know much about history,
Don’t know much biology.
Don’t know much about a science book,
Don’t know much about the french I took.
But I do know that I love you,
And I know that if you love me, too,
What a wonderful world this would be.

History
Biology
Science book
French I took.
But I do know that I love you,
And I know that if you love me, too,
What a wonderful world this would be

The Second song I thought of was my favourite song from the film Grease, Beauty School Dropout.

Alan Paul, later a member of The Manhattan Transfer, originated the role on Broadway. It is not uncommon for the role of the Teen Angel to be held as a dual role by one of the other characters in the cast during stage adaptations (in Paul’s case, he also appeared as bandleader Johnny Casino). Frankie Avalon (who, like Fabian, was a client of Bob Marcucci‘s during his heyday) filled the role for the 1978 film adaptation of Grease, a role he reprised on stage through the 1990s and early 2000s. The Wild Angels recorded an earlier version for Decca Records in 1972.

Here is Frankie’s version from the film:

Lyrics

Your story sad to tell
A teenage ne’er do well
Most mixed up non-delinquent on the block

Your future’s so unclear now
What’s left of your career now?
Can’t even get a trade-in on your smile

Beauty school dropout
No graduation day for you
Beauty school dropout
Missed your mid-terms and flunked shampoo
Well at least you could have taken time
To wash and clean your clothes up
After spending all that dough
To have the doctor fix your nose up

Baby get movin’
(Better get movin’)
Why keep your feeble hopes alive?
What are you provin’?
(What are you provin’)
You’ve got the dream but not the drive

If you go for your diploma you could join the steno pool
Turn in your teasin’ comb and go back to high school

Beauty school dropout
(Beauty school dropout)
Hanging around the corner store
Beauty school dropout
(Beauty school dropout)
It’s about time you knew the score

Well they couldn’t teach you anything
You think you’re such a looker
But no customer will go to you
Unless she was a hookerBaby don’t sweat it
(Don’t sweat it)
You’re not cut out to hold a job
Better forget it
(Forget it)
Who wants their hair done by a slob?

Now your bangs are curled
Your lashes twirled
But still the world is cruel
Wipe off that angel face and go back to high school

Baby don’t blow it
Don’t put my good advice to shame
Baby you know it
Even dear Abby’d say the same

Now I’ve called the shot
Get off the pot
I really gotta fly
Gotta be going to that malt shop in the sky

Beauty school dropout
(Beauty school dropout)
Go back to high school
Beauty school dropout
(Beauty school dropout)
Go back to high school
Beauty school dropout
(Beauty school dropout)
Go back to high school

Source: LyricFind

Songwriters: Richard Finch / Harry Casey

I hope you enjoy this selection.

I have also included the following word prompts: