Black Poetry : Pound By Pound: On The Disappearance Of Karen Carpenter

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  1. Hunter

    Hunter Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Pound By Pound: On The Disappearance Of Karen Carpenter

    Back then

    I was at the top
    Of the fifth grade
    And you sang
    "I'm On Top Of The World"

    Was it that
    One extra note
    That killed you
    Or did the lyrics
    Finally weigh you down

    And
    If only I knew
    Back then
    What I have come
    To know now

    I would have
    Saved up my
    One dollar a week
    Allowance
    To buy your sheet music
    Instead of
    Comic book strips
    And bubblegum
    And demand
    That the quarter notes
    Lead me to you
    To the place
    Of your anorexic
    Burial grounds

    Then
    I would have stood
    On the spot
    Where life first
    Deceived you
    And stole your melody
    Pound by pound
    And tell you
    That you were television
    A black-haired
    Musical vision
    To behold

    But ten year olds
    Grow old
    And the sounds of music
    Move through time

    Now
    I can't even remember
    That last time

    Karen

    The last time
    Radio days
    Hummed your love notes

    But that little girl
    In the fifth grade
    Remembers

    Karen

    Remembers
    That you were
    On top of the world

    And how
    Anorexia Nervosa
    Buried you
    And swallowed you whole

    Inside the song

    Hunter
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    it's as if you wrote this in her presence..

    nice dedication.
     
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    I remember

    hearing of her death and sitting in disbelief. She was one of my sheroes in music...not only a most melodic alto/tenor and gifted drummer...she was a wonderful lyricist ~

    Beautiful beautiful tribute to the woman who broke my heart when she said "goodbye to love". We did care if she lived or died.

    Thank you Hunter.

    A
     
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    Thank you Hunter for this tribute to a woman who sang beautiful songs.

    BE
     
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    HUNTER....

    MY sister...

    you are amazing... have i told you that lately?

    AlwaysLove...
    Sunshyne~
     
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    Hunter Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Sherykah, j'hiah, Alyce, heartbeat, GA Sunshyne

    Thank-you for humming along with this one
    Karen still lives inside the notes
    For those of us who were ever fortunate enough
    To hear her sing :)

    *little-drummer-girl*
     
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    HUNTER... this was so great. I remember seeing the record album my parents had and listenin to that captivating full soulful voice and later being told, she is no longer with us... and the latter echoes, cuz even then folks didn't understand the disease as they do now... thank you for keepin this memory alive.
    -7
     
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