Vixen ~ Yes, I dressed like this!

Back in the 80’s, when heavy metal was big and my hair even bigger… I wanted to be a rock star! Many of my friends were musicians and I crashed stages often singing duets with my buddies. I have a pretty good set of lungs, and my favorite duet song to sing to was “Gimmie Shelter” by the Stones. I’ve also been spotted onstage speaking in my best operator voice, “Yes, a collect call for Mrs. Floyd from Mr. Floyd. Will you accept the charges from United States? Is there supposed to be someone else there besides your wife there to answer?” I was completely in my element back then.

As a budding musician with only my voice as an instrument, I had to add to my talent by writing lyrics. I wrote many lyrics for my fellow bands, however none have made it to the big times. Some still putter around playing cover tunes at the local watering holes. However, the ‘music scene’ in Chicago isn’t what it used to be.

Back when I was young and spry, it was rare to go to a bar and hear cover tunes. Maybe a couple sprinkled into a set, however not a full night of covers. Only a few ‘special tribute’ bands were popular, like ‘The Wall’ (Pink Floyd tribute), ‘Yellow Submarine’ (Beetles tribute) and a great band called ‘Dread Zeppelin’, which had an Elvis impersonator singing Led Zeppelin songs to a reggae beat! Very odd combo there.

I tend to love songs that have catchy lines. Although I’m not much of a country fan, I love their lyrics!

“I want to be the man who checks you for ticks.”

“Cause I’ve got friends in low places, Where the whiskey drowns and there beer chases my blues away”

 “Save a horse, ride a cowboy”

Those songs crack me up and are so catchy! I’ll admit they are in my playlist. I’m also a sucker for spins or twists in the songs. Like Meatloaf’s “Paradise by the Dashboard Light”. I aspire to write this way. I also love to put puzzles into my poems. I wrote this for a man I had feelings for, but he reeeally wasn’t getting the hint. This was written about 26 years ago.

So, starting today, with more to come in the future, I present some real poetry. Not just a haiku 😉 Also, without the long explanations.


You say enticing your mind is like great sex.

Don’t underestimate the strength of your heart.

Have the power to give me more than brain waves.

To be with me, you can’t just order à la carte.

Look through your minds-eye through the reflection of mine.

This may be the solution to the puzzle.

Hard to think it could be so easy.

To me, your shell is your only obstacle.

Find a way to let the bright sunshine in.

Love reflects directly from hence it came.

I’m calling your bluff  Mr. Rumpelstiltskin.

Right to the left of this two dimensional page.

In between the lines the answer can be found.

Front and center, you have to find the reason why.

Of the reason you don’t already know it.

You are the only one that can verify.


© Ilex ~ Midwestern Plant Girl

38 thoughts on “Enigma

  1. I love the lyrics!!! If you ever plan to found a band please count me in… I can’t sing and I can’t play an instrument but I still can do this hairstyle with a lot of aquanet :o) my “hair-god” was Vince Neil from Mötley Crüe and I often came too late to school after spending 87 hours in the bathroom :o)

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    • Thank you thank you!
      Every band needs pretty women on stage… even if they can’t play an instrument… although the tambourine is pretty easy 😉
      Oh yes. Lots of late days to school because of bad hair days. OMG the amount of teasing and hairspray was ridiculous!


  2. Remembering the days that bring us to the present are not only fulfilling in many ways but fun too! Sounds like you had some good times ‘back’ then. Why wouldn’t you want to recall them? They put a smile on you face as well as all those with whom you share, including me. Love the hair!

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    • Thanks!
      I have a bittersweet relationship with the past. Yes, youth was good to me, however my priorities were a bit askew back then. Maybe it’s my current ‘mid-life crisis’ time that’s messing with me, but I regret wasting so much time on frivolous pursuits.
      Ouch! Sorry so serious 😉
      I do however miss writing real poetry aside from my haiku, which I can spit out in 5 minutes.
      Thank you again for your wonderful comments! I hope you enjoy your weekend!

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  3. here I am trying to catch up on your blog and I find out you are a poet, song writer and you dressed like that? I guess we all dressed like that back in the 80’s….but the odds are good I had a mullet instead of big hair!! 🙂

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  4. I have yet to crash a group on stage, but I have been dragged on stage at a couple of venues. Last time was at the Palouse Winery Summer Party in Vashon, WA. I made the mistake of carrying a request for Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville to the band from the Lady of the Estate. The band leader said, “Sure, no problem, but YOU gotta sing lead.” Must have been my straw cowboy hat. Fortunately, that one is on Jimmy’s Songs You Know by Heart, or I’d have been plumb flummoxed. Wine tasting rooms are great places for people like me to sing. They are exceeded only by German beer halls, and solo shower stalls. 😉

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