Arco (TN)

Arco (TN)

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

A Highway to Hell - Remember this Music? - September 16, 2014

We have a new challenge at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai - "Carpe Diem's Remember This Music?" :

Here's the explanation given by Chèvrefeuille:

The goal is to write a four (4) stanza renga inspired on the song you have chosen yourself. You don't need to use this song I shared ... you can take your own song which brings sweet (or sad) memories to you to write that four stanza renga .... So I have to change my haiku above into a four stanza renga ... let me try ...

the last waltz -
I saw her again after a while
my first love

her blond hair waves in the wind
looks like golden sunlight

in the first daylight
as I awake next to her
she looks so beautiful

"take this waltz", she whispers in my ear
and cuddles her naked body to mine
© Chèvrefeuille

I learnt to drive rather late in life ... in fact I got my license only 6 years ago.  I was always very nervous and panicy when I had to do the practicle driving lessons ... theory was never a problem. One of my instructors, a particularly sensitive person named Ricky, decided that if we put some music on I'd probably relax ... I thought he was right and I expected something dreamy, but this is one of the pieces that he put on (infact from then on we only used rock music to drive with) ... and I rocked through the lessons without a bit of anxiety.   So my song doesn't bring sweet or sad memories but a feeling of happiness thanks to having overcome a difficult challenge and anxiety. 



anxiety grows
on every curve of the road
gears slip - car stalls

heart pounding - head spinning
stuck on a tight curve to hell

beat of the music
come - face this challenge - head on
song of courage

that highway to hell becomes
a rock road through paradise

©  G.s.k. '14


  1. great success story
    nicely done


    1. thanks ... it was in the end a success ... in Italy you have to learn to drive with a stick-shift ... I just don't coordinate well, but I have an automatic now :-)

  2. Never in a million years would I have considered "Highway to Hell" a "comforting" song for learning how to drive! But ya never know! Loved your story!

    But ... now that I listen to the song ... well, why not?

    BTW -- our Driver's Ed instructor in high school was a very "openly devout" Christian who used to play gospel on the radio when we were learning to drive. We joked (behind his back) that he wanted to be ready - just in case one of us killed him with our driving!!!!

    1. I think I really would not have like hyms while learning to drive. The problem was that here you have to learn to drive using a stick-shift (manual gears) but I couldn't co-ordinate the pedals and the changing of the gears and would keep stalling the car ... the more it stalled the more anxious I'd become. When I did my test, no music was allowed and I nearly didn't pass. I now have an automatic.

    2. Ugh. Hubby gave up trying to teach me how to drive a stick-shift. It was *that* bad! But .... I guess it's a good thing that you have to learn to drive a stick-shift over there -- you're prepared, no matter what. (But for folks like me, it would mean taking the test over and over again!)

      And yes. Hymns during driver's ed is not fun. At all.

    3. One of the reasons I was so anxious .. I'd already had the "hubby" will teach you experience too ... and I did risk having to take the test a second time ... the examiner at one point said: "Signora, you have a "nervous drive" at which point I told him that I had an automatic waiting for me and that the manual made me nervouse ... he went on to ask me where I was from (foreighn accent) and once I said I was American ... he just replied "Ah yes, all Americans use automatics, I understand now!" as thought it was a sort of DNA thing and passed me. I've driven with a manual twice since then, and everytime something goes wrong with my car and my husband threatens to buy a manual my heart sinks.


harmonious words ... like crystal clear water ... pure ectasy

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