Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Loving the Alien: A tribute poem to David Bowie

EDITOR'S NOTE: Inspiration for this poem didn't hit me until late yesterday, the one-year anniversary of the death of David Bowie. And my completion of it happened too late for me to post it the same day. So as you read this, consider I was writing this on the day, Jan. 10, 2017. 
Meme by CARY ASHBY/CARY'S COMICS CRAZE
(January 2017)

As corny as this poem may be, know this is a heartfelt and honest look back at the career and life of the singer, musician and entertainer I have adored for 35 years and like the many tributes I wrote last year — including a six-part series called "Bowie at his Best" — is another way of turning a lifelong fan's profound personal loss into healthy grief.


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"Loving the Alien: A tribute poem to David Bowie" by Cary Ashby

David Bowie was — and is — the soundtrack of my life.

"Tonight" is the one-year anniversary of his death.

Just two days after Bowie released his "Blackstar" album on his 69th birthday, he died and we learned he was discussing "My Death."

In ways it's hard to believe the rock "Star" who appeared to "Never Get Old" has passed away.

His "Fame" and eclectic "Fashion" are undeniable.

Throughout his "Golden Years," he had me "Dancing with the Big Boys."

He had us pondering if there was "Life On Mars."

His charisma made him "The Man Who Sold the World."

Bowie's "Ziggy Stardust" was the first of many "Changes" we would see.
Meme by CARY ASHBY/CARY'S COMICS CRAZE (2016)

His career was a "Magic Dance" through a labyrinth of musical styles — a "Fantastic Voyage" indeed.

Ahead of his time, Bowie's 1970s era was an "Art Decade," often leaving other performers behind like "Absolute Beginners."

Whether he portrayed Ziggy, "Aladdin Sane" or even Screamin' Lord Byron, the Thin White Duke easily transitioned from one music genre to another — as a train moves from "Station to Station."

His versatility remains a "Fascination."

He created a Christmas classic with crooner Bing Crosby.

And had fun "Dancing in the Street" with his close friend Mick Jagger.

So is it really any "Little Wonder" he toured with Iggy Pop and Nine Inch Nails?

Or that he befriended John Lennon and had him sing back-up vocals?

Meme by CARY ASHBY/CARY'S COMICS CRAZE (2017)
Sometimes a "Space Oddity," Bowie addressed the complexities of "Modern Love" and even told "John, I'm Only Dancing."

He may have been perceived as one from the "Outside,"

But this British native with oddly paired eyes had insight into "Young Americans" and the country he called home.

Don't dwell on the "Sorrow" of Bowie's passing.

Yet don't "Move On."

Instead, celebrate the "Sound and Vision" of a classic entertainer.

If David Robert Jones Bowie taught us one thing, it's we can be "Heroes" — even if just for one day.

Meme by CARY ASHBY/CARY'S COMICS CRAZE (2016)

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