Artist, actor, poet, teacher, songwriter & actor with 4,000 poems & almost 1,000 songs written, performed recorded & published on line.
Oh, Pen open my mind with the opium of inspiration, let me righteously write on in such a way that makes readers all say...."Right on!!"
There are so many ways to say something fun or wonderful with just words.
I have always enjoyed word play
when I write songs or poetry.
It can make your work
more humorous to all.
I will put all of my most popular
word plays that I have created
in italics in this article
For example- When I was
doing a poetry reading
at a local cafe I realized:
"that half the patrons
were not there for poetry
it was just noise as they
perused their phones
or looked for something better
catalogued in their P.C.
as they sucked down crappacinos
or sipped latte-fucking-daS
I also had quite a lot of reactions from
the liberal side of my readers
when I simply added an apostrophe
to the name of the more conservative
party that was known for getting
very little done except squabbling
and so I renamed that party:
" R E P U B L I C A N ' T . "
I went on to sell a whole lot of bumper
stickers to folks who loved this
concise and quite accurate one word
Some word play involves
giving a specific word a whole
new Image that makes it more
than just an emotion and turning it
into a visaual that is easier for
many to understand as I did
with the word belief::
God is the creator
of beliefs. He covers
the world with vast forests
filled with endless
stems of thoughts
branching out to
then he helps us harvests
beliefs into realities
where all that we
believe in can bear
fruit holding the
I took the word hope that two who are
in love shared and turned it into
a journey over crooked roads, ravines
and even an avalanche which made
hope a form of lanscaped traversed
as demonstrated below:
We walked that
crooked road of hope,
inching past ravines
each with deadly slopes,
balanced only by love,
our rope against the fall,
down mountains of bills
in an avalanche,
or strolling cool, green valleys
when we had Carte Blanche
but what mattered the most
is that with you I had it all..
In another work that I called :
Monday Morning Blues:
I used word play to twist
the word nothing in another direction
simply by reversing one line into
another line that took on a
whole new meaning as written below:
Lately I've been skipping dinner
there's no candlelit romance
loneliess has left me thinner,
tightening belts on baggy pants.
If I waste away to nothing
then there's nothing left to waste,
alcohol's my anesthesia
to love's pain I must erase.
It makes for a powerful hook.
In a poem that I wrote about Woodstock
I used common substances to give
a word like love more flavor and I gave
the word inhibitions a burial place with
just a bit of word play:
Spread love like mayonnaise,
and damn the calories,
it moistens the dry bland
of our planet in peril.
Leap over the graves
of your inhibitions,
dust off an old cause
and make it purposeful again.
Set your forsaken dreams free
in a world that might once again
be held captivated.
Playing with words comes in many forms
and they all have much more technical names
like personification and Homophones
but I am trying to keep my explanations
of word play simple for the layman and woman.
Playing with words also involves using
unusual descriptions to avoid the ways
a woman is described in tedious cliches
such as: she was as lovely as a rose.
One has to think bigger and create an image
in the readers minds that allows them
to see her beauty in new ways:
She was built like
the Taj Mahal
with a whole lot up top
and two ivory columns
to support it all.
She came on to me like
one of those burrs
stiuck on your trousers
that you can't get off...
Sometimes you simply have to add
a few colors to your words to give them
a much stronger impact on the reader
such as this excerpt from one on my songs:
Bathed in pale yellow light,
with just this armchair to hold me
my sugar's gone on a flight
over clouds of soft white...
It is also fun to use a season and
the way it plays out yearly to describe
the fall of a brief love that you cherished:
Till Autumn with
her tawdry laugh
and her multi-colored dress,
put spices in each kiss we shared
I swear she tasted best.
She blows across my limbs
stripping me bare.... we tumble down
she rakes her nails across my back
leaving me there ....spellbound....
One of my most favorite hooks in all
of my songs is a play on an old phrase
with an addition that worked very well:
Morning has broken
so why the hell fix it,
it matches my heart
since you left me behind,
let it bleed through my window,
in a bright, yellow puddle,
let it break hard forever
through the slats of my blinds,
why the hell should I fix it
when it's been so unkind.
You must allow your mind as you write
to go beyond the common ways of describing
human emotion with a word such as morning
and give it damage that is not worth repairing.
Even describing my guitar demands that I
make it more human in other reader's eyes
so that they can understand my passion for
what it gives me musically:
This guitar’s endured
angry fingers and thumbs
plucking pain from its frets,
till my digits were numb,
with its dark sound hole screaming,
as my vocals fell mum,
something far more redeeming,
then I’d ever begun,
things my heart should be dreaming
on lonely nights yet to come.
If you are writing about tough love and
or a really tough woman you can have fun
with it and leave your audience delighted:
She's got kick starters on her vibrators,
and she dresses in leather and chains,
she bench presses two hundred pounds
but she never breaks sweat stains,
she's hard as nails but then again
she's pretty as can be,
And I know that her tough love's gonna
make a good man out of me.....
I think I have covered word play as well as
more on the topic of descriptive writing
in this part two of a series I am creating.
which was all done by simply using
words in a unique way. I will close with
an excerpt from a piece I wrote on jazz
that reads as follows:
it's contagious when your Jazzy
but you're feeling no pain
it's a June kiss from Jenny
that sweet girl... next door
it's a chance to get Jiggy with it
so get your ass on the floor
Jazz is safe sax...it's hot brass
no bullets included
it's six trumpets blown full blast
and it's 8 trombones muted
it's a Jaywalk to heaven
or it's Jezebel's smile
we'll be swinging till midnight
stick around for awhile.
Please feel free to critique my efforts
or leave comments and suggestion.
"Comments are like music to our peers."
is one of my personally written, favorite quote.
Thanks for reading this far and I hope you
enjoyed my playtime with words.
© 2022 Matthew Frederick Blowers III