I like coffee in my mouth
The three of you were sitting there,
A small and humble family.
I saw your head, so full of hair,
From the corner, I sat quietly.
I marvelled at how this came to be;
A baby – honest miracle.
I knew your mother, now you see,
Not one for being responsible.
For nine months we watched you grow
From idea into bump,
We knew and yet we did not know
You’d be real, in our throats a lump.
I cried when your father told me.
I laughed at the birthing tale.
I picked you up, so cuddly.
I missed you, which prevailed.
But baby boy, Joshua James,
Born on August 19th,
The world will never be the same,
Now you’re the centrepiece.
To Kim and Tom, the greatest friends
And parents (can you believe?!)
My pride in you has no end,
It pains me that I’ll leave.
The three of you are wonderful,
I wish you lives of joy.
I can’t wait to hear about it all –
Your story, baby boy.
If someone invented a time-travel machine,
And offered adventure to up-ahead or past-seen,
But you had only one chance to jump on and go,
Would it be past or future? Unforeseen or long ago?
You could try to stop Hitler, or meet Henry Eight,
Join Chris Columbus, find America the Great,
Sing with the Beatles and rock with Elvis Presley,
Watch Shakespeare at the Globe, or kickbox with Bruce Lee.
That old dinner with five people, dead or alive,
Not impossible thanks to this magic device.
But the past is the past, that is true enough said,
Is it wrong to want to visit those that are dead?
The future, after all, is a mystical place,
And we’ll never know what worries we’ll have to face.
Glimpsing years ahead may show you another war,
You could find out in advance what we’re fighting for.
Unanswerable questions could be already solved,
You come back to present, future problems resolved.
Do we stop being selfish, us human beings?
For the sake of our planet, are we foreseeing?
And what of your own life, your friends and family,
Is it all bright and joyous, or should you not see?
Could you return and be happy, or just feel glum,
If you saw that your future was squalor and slum?
So what would you opt for, were you given the chance:
Relive happy times or see new ones in advance?
Perhaps the right answer is one not considered,
Stay here contented, your mind thus not untethered.
Why visit the past when all is unchangeable?
Why see the future when right now is unstable?
Live for the moment while cherishing memory,
Embrace the next chapters; excitement and mystery.
Here is a poem, written using song titles from my iTunes.
Full list of artists below, try seeing how many you can get before looking!
Hello, Ho Hey, Say Something
Give Me Love, Stand By Me, Sing
My Girl Livin’ On A Prayer
Baby, Fall, I Know You Care
All I Got, it’s Sad But True
I Wish, I Want, Only You.
We Are Young, Larger Than Life
You Ain’t The First, Laserlight
Chasing Pavements, Chasing Cars
Stay You, Just The Way You Are.
No Matter What I’m Me, I’m Yours
Feel The Love, Hurt, Human – Flaws.
Teenage Dream, Climb On Board
Jizz In My Pants, Rock Me, Roar
Pump Up The Jam, Praise You, Shout
Paradise City, Pass Out
Wake Me Up, Grow Old With Me
I Will Wait Tik Tok Happy
Without You I’m Half A Heart
Fly Away Encore Une Fois
Goodbye To You, Let It Go
I Knew You Were Trouble, Low
Internet Friends Under Pressure
No Love, No Good, and No Better.
LIST OF ARTISTS:
Martin Solveig & Dragonette, The Lumineers, Great Big World & Christina Aguilera
Ed Sheeran, Ben. E. King, Travis
The Temptations, Bon Jovi
Justin Bieber, Ed Sheeran, Ellie Goulding
Newton Faulkner, Metallica
One Direction, One Direction, Ellie Goulding
Fun., Backstreet Boys
Guns n’ Roses, David Guetta feat. Jessie J
Adele, Snow Patrol
Rihanna feat. Mikky Ekko, Ed Sheeran + Wiley, Bruno Mars
Boyzone, Lil’ Wayne, Jason Mraz
Rudimental, Johnny Cash, The Killers, Bastille
Katy Perry, Labrinth
The Lonely Island, One Direction, Katy Perry
Technotronic ft. Felly, Fatboy Slim, Lulu
Guns n’ Roses, Tinie Tempah
Avicii, Tom Odell
Mumford & Sons, Ke$ha, Pharell
David Guetta feat. Usher, One Direction,
Lenny Kravitz, Sash!
Ed Sheeran + Dot Rotten, Idina Menzel (Frozen OST)
Taylor Swift, Flo Rida
Knife Party, Queen
Eminem feat. Lil’ Wayne, The Prodigy, Lorde
(I just wrote what I had on my iTunes so if I’ve missed any featured artists or have listed a cover version well, stop being pedantic.)