Thursday, June 4, 2015

A Punk Rock Sense of Honesty

So, I've been listening to a lot of Frank Turner lately (a folk-punk rocker) who is an amazing songwriter! The title is taken from part of a line in his song "Nashville, TN" the entire line is "A simple scale on an old guitar, and a punk rock sense of honesty." I was driving around today and the last part of the line just stuck with me, so of course, I decided to write about it. This is pretty much a stream-of-conscious piece, so the formatting is very intentional in this one. Hope you like it! Let me know! Thanks!!

I absolutely Love this photo of Frank! From Google Image

 A Punk Rock Sense of Honesty

Passion of friends, family, causes, life!

I wear my heart on my sleeve.
I rage quietly
                        and loudly
when things go bad
or in celebration
                               when life is kicking ass.

You piss me off and I
will scream at you face-to-face,
in your face,
me more than likely on my tiptoes.

You make me cry
and I will hug you
and try to never let go
until my arms tire and I need my space.

I will scream, rage, and cry
about injustices faced by you, me, and the world.
For the early needless death of the ones who’ve lit
fires in our souls,
for the loss of our carefree lives
and the depletion of our sense of calm.

I sit outside a coffeehouse
calm, writing, quietly
while my head buzzes with an ever continuous monologue
of life, and with tunes running through my brain.

I realize that I’ve gotten off the topic
of punk rock honesty,
yet we never really quite left it after all.

Punk has always equaled passion
for life and everything it compromises,
and honesty is excepting life.

and honesty is trying to change
the needless bullshit and injustices thrown into our world,
it’s not staying silent.

We write songs, poems, prose
about ourselves, our hearts, our worlds, our friends
as honestly as we can, no matter what.

We laugh together
We cry together
We party together
We fight together
We live together
We dream together

We look at the world
and tell it that we
Will Not Be Ignored.

We’ve lived,
and our stories will be told.

and That is punk rock honesty.