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Poetry Friday: This Year

This is a better share of music as poetry than usual for the KidLitosphere because it is from the "Evening of Awesome" at Carnegie Hall with Vlogbrothers John Green and Hank Green. Yes, they introduced us to this song and I fell in love with the chorus - I'm going to make it through this year if it kills me - as a sentiment I need to express so, so often. But I might have made this a new favorite based on this video itself, because John and Hank Green are having so much fun onstage with the band, the Mountain Goats (jump to the 1:20 mark to see). Enjoy!
I broke free on a Saturday morning
I put the pedal to the floor
Headed north on Mills Avenue
And listened to the engine roar

My broken house behind me and good things ahead
A girl named Cathy wants a little of my time
Six cylinders underneath the hood crashing and kicking
Ahh, listen to the engine whine

I am going to make it through this year
If it kills me

If you didn't get to see this show, the whole Evening of Awesome is available and features some pretty cool people. Uh, Neil Gaiman. Lots of fun. For the Poetry Friday roundup, please visit Random Noodling.

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Diane Mayr said...

I love the vlogbrothers! I'm so glad the youth of America has them to look up to! Thanks for this video, which I have not seen!

Melissa said...

I think the funniest thing about this is how Neil Gaiman is just standing there looking kind of awkward. I didn't think he could do that.

I'm with you on the whole stressing out about college thing: between that and prepping my girl to leave for India in fall, it's pretty heady stuff, and I'm not sure when it's going to hit me that it's all real.

Bridget Magee said...

I *heart* the Green brothers...on so many levels. Thanks for sharing this video/song/poem. =)

Tara @ A Teaching Life said...

Sigh..,wish I'd been there!