Tears On My Pillow

Written for:  dVerse Poets Pub – “Oldies but Goodies, No Matter the Age”  (posted by Lillian)


So here’s the prompt for today’s Poetics. Look here or on another web site of your choosing, and find the top songs from the year you were born. OR – I’ll give you some leeway here, from the years you were 5, 6, 7, 8. 9. or 10 years old. Pick one and somehow, weave the words from the title into your poem. They can be used in one fell swoop, like He whispered love me tender in his sleep . . . OR you can place the title in different lines within your poem, BUT, they must appear in order….as in He spoke of love to me and I was enamored with his words, tender and soft spoken.

At the end of your poem, BE SURE TO MENTION in a bit of an explanation, what the song title is and the year it was Number 1 on the Billboard or Hit Parade. No need to give away your age…but the song title must be from either the year you were born, or from a year you were 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 or 10 years old. Have fun with this one!

Transistor radio held close
to her ear brought bliss in a song
of love that began, “You don’t remember
me, but I remember you.” Tears pooled
in her eyes, that could not be
disguised when watching a live
performance on television. Her heart
was torn to shreds. Little Anthony,
down on his knees as if a pillow
were under his tears. The Imperials,
with all the drama they could muster,
covered him with a velvet cloak. Never
failed to choke her up. Maybe this
was a first in video ideas. Hear, hear!

Little Anthony and the Imperials’ “Tears
on My Pillow” was on Billboard’s
chart of hits in 1957

About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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8 Responses to Tears On My Pillow

  1. Grace says:

    Very dramatic showcase of the talent ~ Its amazing (and amusing) how music was presented before the videos and computer effects came into our lives ~


  2. frankhubeny says:

    I remember the song, “Going Out of My Head”, they performed in 1964.


  3. Thanks for bringing that song from my memory banks so that I can enjoy it one more time!


  4. lillian says:

    oooooh so glad you posted! I remember my little transister radio — and holding it to my head while I was in bed — supposed to be sleeping — and taking it with me to Lake Michigan in the summer time! And oh how well I remember this song. It was really dramatic as I recall. Thanks for the memories!!! 🙂


  5. Kathy Reed says:

    Oh yes, this does bring back memories for me as well. Lil Anthony had so much talent!

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