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Superman Vs. Cancer

by Andrew S Adams

she broke the door down in a horrid down pour
while the thunder thought to rock this boat a little more
while the lightning caused the lights above to shake and then to flicker
she was taking every punch
but therein lies the kicker

she was stickin' it fierce to the killer cancer sticks
while she parted her lips tryin' to let the breaths slip
they'd vary in their viciousness
they always left a kiss
and she was so strong, but this was her bliss

and now she gets a new bouquet
from most every which way
it looks more like a funeral
every single day
it's like she's one foot in the grave
but she's gettin' back out
and she's laughing all the way
cos she knows what it's about

and i know beneath it all there's someone hiding from the reaper
hair gone chemotherapy reacting as she's sleeping
sapping all her energy and stealing all these seconds
but the second that she smiles she's teaching all of us a lesson
leave the mourning for the dead
and let the living do their thing
because evening isn't over til' the mockingbird sings
and she's silent for the moment so rewrite the last component
live your life cos fear don't own it
you should sing it like you know it

hush little baby don't say a word
cos mama's gonna get that mocking bird
gonna make sure that bird don't sing
cos i don't wanna miss out on anything (x2)

now it's five to four in the morning
and the city streets are sleeping
and i'm standing on the sidewalk
watch the smoke slowly creeping
couldn't sleep at all last night
had a few things on my mind
like how long will it be
til she runs out of time

and i know it's kinda strange
and don't expect to understand
that i could never let go
of my poor mothers hand
and yes there were times
when the end's wouldn't meet
but we never met our ends
she always kept us off the streets

and while she's playin superman
tryin to save the whole world
i was playing superman
tryin to save the whole world
but my toys could never match up
to the hero that she was
she could don a cape and save us all
and do it with her love

hush little baby don't say a word
cos mama's gonna get that mocking bird
gonna make sure that bird don't sing
cos i don't wanna miss out on anything (x2)

now in every single life
there lies a death on the line
and some seem to get there sooner
and some take their time
and i don't have a clue when hers is coming up
but i'm savoring these moments
the last sips from the cup

she bore me, clothed me, fed me, saved me,
kept me in a line ever since i was a baby
taught me everything i ever needed to know
about courage and respect and letting love show
she said love is a gift so don't keep it to yourself
you gotta give to every person you can possibly help
and yeah you're gonna find it
breaks your heart most the time
but if you ain't givin you aint livin
now get in line

and i did
every single day since i remember
didn't matter what or where or why or even when ya
gotta give it all away and it will come back to you
now get into the world and show what you can do

now hush little baby don't say a word
cos mama's set you free in the world
mama had to let that caged bird sing
cos it was just trying to do it's thing
and yes i would have tried to stay
i did but i lost anyway
but don't you worry do what you do
cos i'm always gonna be here watching you


Author's Note: head over to my Myspace (myspace.com/blocksband) to hear the song.

you may notice that this has elements from a poem i did not too long ago, called 'nvr anthr flwr'- essentially, i decided to take the idea from that and write a tribute song to my mother.
moreover, thank you for making this poem of the day. i don't usually post my lyrics up here- and i was quite surprised when i found out that THREE DAYS after posting it, it winds up POTD. this is not typical of my writing style, for those of you new to me
. (longest authors note ever..) and finally, thank you to those who have talked to me or whatever about my mother. it really does mean a lot to me. so many thanks all around.

Posted on 09/20/2007
Copyright © 2024 Andrew S Adams

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Michelle Angelini on 09/21/07 at 03:28 AM

Andrew, this is incredible. I'm just captured by the words and how it takes in many things about your and your mother's life. I hope this album sells tons and rockets you to the top!

Posted by Kristina Woodhill on 09/23/07 at 03:45 PM

I did feel the other poem in this, unconsciously, and that means I really admire and recognize your style. This should be a song, if it's not. You have really captured her character here, and I didn't know her, but her smiles, her resolve, even in dying, are quite inspiring, and I can understand how you think of her as superman. A fine tribute.

Posted by Lauren Singer on 09/23/07 at 04:45 PM

love the rhythm in here, as well as the beauty in the tribute. i hope all works out for you and your mom.

Posted by Alex Smyth on 09/23/07 at 06:00 PM

This is one of the best I have ever read. Wish it could stay up on POTD for more than just one day to make sure everyone reads it.

Posted by Michelle Angelini on 09/23/07 at 06:45 PM

Congratulations on POTD! Your lyrics show the sensitivity towards mothers and the struggle they go through raising children.

Posted by Joe Cramer on 09/24/07 at 11:06 AM

Extraordinarily well done!!! Congrats on POTD!!!

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