The pop-song life (a poem)

Today’s prompt in The Daily Poet, by Kelli Russell Agodon and Martha Silano is to write a poem about how you learned a particular word. The example given in the book is about how one of them (I assume it was Kelli Russell Agodon, but which of them ‘I’ refers to is not clear) learned the word ‘omit’ back in 1970. This made me think of how I learned the word ‘alibi’ from a Partridge Family song in 1971, so that’s what I started writing about. When I finished the poem, however, the two stanzas referring to that specific experience did not fit—so the poem no longer has anything to do with learning words…

Lyric sheets and pop songs
often showed me the way
on rainy afternoons

I didn’t necessarily
learn much about life
usually it was just the words

Experience
would later fill in the gaps
flesh out the image

Some of the songs
changed over the years
There were new things to be learned
about pop songs and life

Sadly
I’ve probably learned a lot more
about pop songs

(26 June 2015)