Sitting in the dark, avoiding sleep … listening to podcasts of old “This American Life” episodes … pondering why people (and not just sk-HAWT) think that poetry is weird, but really get into music and lyrics; especially since lyrics are simply poetry set to melody.

Okay, sure, for some people music isn’t about the words, it’s the beat … but to me, the beat, the melody, that’s just the tease; the bait; the hook … but … it’s the words that really draw me in …

I can’t believe I’m going to draw from a cheesy rom-com, but in the movie “Music and Lyrics“, the characters Sophie Fisher (as played by Drew Barrymore) and Alex Fletcher (played by Hugh Grant) have the following exchange:

Sophie Fisher: A melody is like seeing someone for the first time. The physical attraction. Sex.
Alex Fletcher: I so get that.
Sophie Fisher: But then, as you get to know the person, that’s the lyrics. Their story. Who they are underneath. It’s the combination of the two that makes it magic.

A well-crafted poem is musical, even without the melody, and for me, that’s where the draw is. When a poem resonates in my head, not just from the subject matter of the poem itself, but from the way that it’s written; its meter, its tone … it’s a hook that’s hard to let go, almost like an addiction.