Blood On The Dance Floor is a collection of originals. Original poetry. Original lyrics. Plus one game, also original.
Some of the work is timely, less emotional. Some of it is timeless, less political.
Nov 21, 2022 - Also included in this Substack are my songs. One of them, anyway: Santa's in a Big Hurry
I wrote my first “unsolicited” poem in high school; I mean, I wrote it in my free time. It took less than a minute, and I loved it.
I showed my Grade 12 English teacher. She read it, handed it back, and shrugged.
High school was a disappointment in some ways. I think about that shrug, and what came next: University, engineering, lots of math and science… Not many poems. I don’t think I wrote another poem for five or ten years, after that shrug.
Boo hoo. Poor me. Yeah, right. I don’t think so. High school was beautiful too, in some ways. In a lot of ways. I think about Mr. Chung’s classical guitar class, and what came next. Playing!
Plus, I became a mechanical engineer. How cool is that! I got my P.Eng. (license to practise in Ontario). And I built a career in the construction industry. I love it, especially the can-do attitude I see in there.
Anyway, fast forward three decades.
I’m writing more now, still playing, and so grateful for the opportunity to show off my work. To show you my work. It’s funny, how some people can influence us and our work. Funny peculiar, funny ha ha. I wrote a song called Find My Way. It’s about the people, places, and things that influenced me. Which helped me find my way and which pulled me astray… More on that later. (In a future post, I mean.)
For now, I hope you enjoy the poems, lyrics, and the game that are posted here.
Whatever you do, please don’t shrug!
Let’s start with the poem I wrote in high school.
The Poem I Wrote in High School
Overhead, the albatross hangs motionless across the sky The sky is the playground The game is love But the bird died
I thought for sure she’d like it.