don’t cry

a crack in the sky / and bloom
animals strike / they feel the heat
don’t cry

breakfast and coffee / too bold
for you / an ocean of violets
look out

he’s too fun / just like my father
It looks as though / they’re here for me
fire me

the picture of you / no room for me
she’s never satisfied / so cold
we scream

just leave me / leave me standing
alone / in each other
feel how

the start of a hand / reaching down
make it plain / mamas and papas
let me

the golden children / see
their faces / in golden nightmares
children see

books were found / by the golden children
the nightmares / came today
you know

it looks / as though they’re here
don’t make me / chase you
doves cry

your body / covers me
look at / your standing
wake up

maybe / you’re just like me
maybe / you’re too demanding
don’t touch

don’t you know / you’re driving
alone in awe / by a puzzled man
make way

you gotta / make way for cold
maybe / i’m just too questioned
i’m just

they’re here / my darling
written in / to stay
say it

don’t kid yourself / they belong
dream / if you can
don’t cry

/ / /

This is a found poem. Sources:

David Bowie. “Oh! You Pretty Things.” Hunky Dory, 1971.

Prince. “When Doves Cry.” Purple Rain, 1984.


Last June

wouldn’t be / satisfied
on a wave / of phase

weren’t no D.J. / that was you
hey, that’s far / out

so the loud sound / did seem to know
what time it was / the lights were low

weren’t no D.J. / that was you
i leaned / may land tonight

don’t tell / a good man
that’s a dead end / he said

weren’t no D.J. / that was you
the loud sound / the lights were low

don’t waste / your time
i know / the place / of your someone

weren’t no D.J. / he told me
a lonely friday night / the lights were low

be qualified / look out
waiting / in the sky

weren’t no D.J. / it was you
the lights were low / lookin’ alright

a lonely / friday night
it’s all worthwhile / he told me

weren’t no D.J. / it was you
i asked to stay / the children boogie

i had to / if she wanted to dance
come and meet us / waiting

wouldn’t be satisfied / and i said fade
came back / ‘cause he knows

and I could never see
you heard him

don’t waste your time
switch on / i know

i ran away / she couldn’t stop crying
asked me / if we could

weren’t no D.J. / it was you
let me hurt / so bad

and I could never see
you heard him

what’s on your mind / hazy cosmic jive
on my radio / tears in her eyes

couldn’t stop cryin’ / standin’ by the bar
she was all / i thought i was

/ / /

This is a found poem. Sources:

David Bowie. “Starman.” The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, 1972.

Prince. “I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man.” Sign ‘O’ the Times, 1987.

We all dream

On the whole / dance floor
Oh / yes you do
Color Slammin’

U walked in / the dream / so tough
U got in / I woke up
Closin’ Time

U be cookin’ / Me takin’ aback
Crucial / good
Rammin’ Bop

Listen to me / dream off
I think / You’ve got the look
Cookin’ Me

I stand / My face red
The dream / We all dream
Not Dancin’

We all dream / of you
You shout it / while you’re dancing
Slammin’ Love

There’s a brand new me / U got
Got the hook / crucial baby
We’re Commin’

People from good homes / everybody’s inspected
The goon squad / don’t talk to me
Bodies Slammin’

Dance with folks / love is lights
We are the dream / do it here
Faces Jammin’

Boy versus girl / Don’t listen to me
Talk tasteless / full of tension
Love Unaffected

/ / /

This is a found poem. Sources:

David Bowie. “Fashion.” Scary Monsters, 1980.

Prince. “U Got the Look.” Sign ‘O’ the Times, 1987.