The ghostly tune on February 3rd.

The ghostly tune on February 3rd.

A Poem by Relic



Each February 3rd, I'm haunted. 
Aware of the pending nightmare to come.

There's a whistling breeze 
Then, the melody begins. 
Like a voice fleeting by, 
His southern drawl sings:

"You say you're gonna leave, 
you know it's a lie 'cause 
that'll be the day that I die."

These words echo every year;
are orchestrated like notes 
to the troubled engine. 

Sweat forms on my face 
as it runs to my neck.

That's when I panic  
as I jolt out of bed. 
but, there's a quick--sickening thud...
and the music dies--in the cold silent snow.
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Author's Note

 Relic
On February 3, 1959, rock and roll musicians Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J. P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson were killed in a plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa, together with the pilot, Roger Peterson. The event later became known as "The Day the Music Died", after singer-songwriter Don McLean so referred to it in his song "American Pie".

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Day_the_Music_Died

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“Bye bye Miss American Pie”- nothing will be the same ever again in the musical world. Thank you for the tribute to “the Father, Son and Holy Ghost” spirited away that cold, snowy day in Iowa. Thank you so much for the tragic video and news bulletin that struck the reality home. Your first line is brilliant and memorable, as is your poem. Thank you!

Posted 1 Month Ago


 Relic

1 Month Ago

Thanks for your review, Annette.
Before I even read your Author's note, the words, "The day the music died," came to mind. So sad. :( Bittersweet piece brilliantly written.

Posted 1 Year Ago


(applauds) Dude,this is brilliant!!!! And yes,it was such a sad day for rock and roll fans to hear of the death of such talented musicians. I loved Don McLean's reference to this in "American Pie". That's a song I hope to play on acoustic guitar myself. lol Thank you again for sharing your amazing poetic talent,my friend. :)

Posted 1 Year Ago


i was nine and such a buddy holly fan...had the singles, played them over and over...

and was so devastated when i heard the news...that day "the music did die for me"

imagine how much more he could have accomplished?

great poem, my friend.

Posted 3 Years Ago


 Relic

3 Years Ago

Thanks so much Jacob.
Excellent poetry. It stands on it's own. You might need to change up the quotation marks in the second stanza.

Posted 3 Years Ago


 Relic

3 Years Ago

Jut noticed that. I had trouble getting that stanza in there when I revised it. Thanks for letting m.. read more
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It's not who we are, but what we do, that goes on and on and on. The music didn't die in the snow. It still exists today through those touched by it's creation. The faces change, but the "song" remains the same. We keep the music alive by loving it, as you have here and now :)

Posted 3 Years Ago


 Relic

3 Years Ago

Thanks very much Lynn.
I cant imagine a more painful thing than to die in a plane crash on a snow covered field

Posted 3 Years Ago


 Relic

3 Years Ago

That's a tough thing to have to deal with. Even when you know someone is going to die soon its still.. read more
Tate Morgan

3 Years Ago

thank you relic
 Relic

3 Years Ago

You're welcome Tate.
Tim, I really dig the motif you went with here. The form on this one is right up my alley! Good stuff:)

Posted 3 Years Ago


 Relic

3 Years Ago

Thanks Pat. :)
The Analog Kid

3 Years Ago

Sure. You wrote of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost of Rock and Roll....
 Relic

3 Years Ago

True, never thought of it that way. ha
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Death is never kind.. no matter how it comes, it will always carry somber sounds..

Posted 3 Years Ago


 Relic

3 Years Ago

haha, sounds good moonglow. :P
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3 Years Ago

:) ahhhhh ....
 Relic

3 Years Ago

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Tim, this is a haunting memorial for those musicians who were taken from the world so suddenly...Thank you for writing this and bringing them back into my memory. Quite appropriate I should read this so close to Memorial Day. They were truly gifted musicians, and we are lessor for having them taken so quickly, and having lost tens upon hundreds of potentially beautifully crafted songs from each of them.

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Posted 4 Years Ago



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