I’ve decided to try and be topical with this post. It’s quite hard for me to do this, as I’m roughly three decades behind everybody else. But we’ll give it a go. On Friday, it is Valentine’s Day. The day of love, romance, and nauseating songs on the radio. The thing is, though, it doesn’t have to be any or all of those things. You can easily fall into the commercial pit of buying an expensive card and a teddy for your loved one (and truth be told, I have). But you can also do so much more. Be imaginative, creative. Go for a long winter walk through a quiet woodland; make a CD of your own personal favourite love songs (none of mine are nauseating – well, not in the way the ones on the radio are!); or even write something.
My first piece of published work was a poetry anthology. It was self-published, done simply because two very nice ladies who knew something about self-publishing wanted me to get my work ‘out there’. I was reluctant at first, but I was quite happy with the result. That result was, and still is, I’m told, ‘Self-Destructive Love Poems For the Sanely Challenged’. As a writer mainly of prose, I don’t think I’ll ever be truly satisfied with any of the poems I have written over the years. But as a first attempt, ‘Self-Destructive…’ stands up as a nice piece of my past, that combines pure fantasy with some much more personal pieces, mainly around the theme of love. It is rather self-indulgent, perhaps too self-indulgent for my liking, and today, there is a lot I would change. But like all good monsters, it refuses to die, and I thought I’d share a bit of it right here, just for you.
This poem, titled ‘Beautiful’ seems to be one of the most popular from the book. The idea came about as a sort of anti-“Shall I compare thee to a Summer’s Day…”. Instead of likening a girl to roses and butterflies, I compare her to things associated with death, while retaining her beauty.
Your eyes, they inspire me.
Round and brown like a pair of shining pennies,
As mystifying as a vacant tomb.
Suddenly you smile, and I am distracted
From those rings of glistening darkness,
To your face, which radiates such chilling warmth,
As rounded white headstones connect between scarlet lips.
Overcome by awe, I stutter,
And laughter echoes from your half-moon necropolis:
A tuneful lament from one lost soul to another.
As I try to absorb your bewitching beauty,
Nature intervenes with a gentle breeze.
So daintily your autumn hair drifts,
Like lilies dancing for the dead.
Yes, it’s true. You reek of perfection:
Every crafted surface, every flawless flourish
Like a coffin.
And I want to be buried in you forever.
Cory John Eadson, 2012
If you would like to read more, the link to that anthology is here: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/232615
I also had a prose-piece published in a lovely collection of short stories, titled ‘Unexpected Fairy Tales’ (LINK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Once-Upon-Time-Collection-Unexpected/dp/1477453318/ref=sr_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1391858238&sr=1-4&keywords=once+upon+a+time+anthology ). Again, love was a strong theme in that particular instant, but not of the usual kind.
So when Valentine’s Day rolls up on Friday, don’t turn your nose up at it. Do something different with your loved one. Don’t fall too deep into the commercial trap. Find new avenues to explore, new ways to share your affection. But remember, whether you’re comparing thee to a Summer’s Day or a polished coffin, it always comes from the heart…
For those of you who are probably wondering about my personal taste in ‘love’ songs, here are a few I recommend…
The Misfits – Saturday Night
The Misfits – Helena
Paul Anka – Diana (I prefer the Misfits’ cover version)
Alice Cooper – This Maniac’s In Love With You
Alice Cooper – Killed By Love
Alice Cooper – Six Hours
Lordi – Would You Love a Monsterman?
KISS – Stand
Marky Ramone’s Blitzkrieg – If And When (A very special song to me)