In 1971, fifty years ago, John Lennon recorded his song Imagine, which is also the name of the album. When my creative writing group met last month, one of the prompts was to write about a song you love and the host of our group would play the music that matches the writing. Little did I know that the song would have its 50th anniversary this year. Since I don’t believe in coincidences, I think I needed a reminder by choosing this song. (I learned that John’s wife, Yoko Ono contributed much of the lyrics.)
Here is my brief poem:
John Lennon at the piano recording Imagine (Internet foto)
IMAGINE NO John Lennon!
John Lennon did it best —
Writing the song “Imagine” as a test
To see what other dreamers would join his throng
All the people who want world peace, like his song.
Imagine no religion doesn’t mean less love;
It just means we’re all spiritual beings from above.
Race, color, or creed become totally invisible
And compassion and caring stay indivisible.
John was right, and his legacy still rings true,
Because without our dreams, what would we do?
Ending hunger, practicing Peace, letting go of greed.
Imagine all this after COVID. Isn’t this what we really need?
P.S. To listen to the song, just Google Imagine by John Lennon