Martin Swords

Rookie (9th December Nineteen Fifty / Tiglin, Wicklow, Ireland)

Bob Dylan, And Me. - Poem by Martin Swords

I know Bob Dylan well.
Grew up with him,
We all did.
He was the voice
We didn’t have.
Said the words
We didn’t know to say.
Such words.
He saw and sang
Of things we saw
Yet wouldn’t speak about.
Where we were awkward,
He was talkin’ out.

For forty years
I’ve looked up,
Listened up, to him.
Now changed, aged, yet
Both forever young,
I’m glad we grew together
In interesting changing times.
We never met,
But it’s alright.
We spoke.
We played our parts.
He needed me to listen all along.
The singer sings
So others hear the song.

Comments about Bob Dylan, And Me. by Martin Swords

  • (1/18/2016 1:37:00 PM)

    klap klap klap a dedicated fan... (Report) Reply

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  • Kim Barney (1/18/2016 10:51:00 AM)

    A great tribute to a great poet. Congrats on having it selected as poem of the day! (Report) Reply

  • Paul Reed (1/18/2016 10:19:00 AM)

    Grew up with him, we all did... great line (Report) Reply

  • Rajnish Manga (1/18/2016 3:48:00 AM)

    An unconventional and contemporary relationship between a renowned singer and his fan remembered and delineated beautifully through this lovelypoem. A great tribute to Bob:
    I’m glad we grew together / In interesting changing times / We never met / But it’s alright /... The singer sings / So others hear the song.
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  • Edward Kofi Louis (1/18/2016 3:40:00 AM)

    The singer sings! And his friend puts down the notes. Nice dedication. (Report) Reply

  • Susan Williams (1/18/2016 12:37:00 AM)

    Well written tribute to the poet AND his readers- a symbiotic relationship if there ever was one. Well done. (Report) Reply

  • (12/15/2011 5:56:00 PM)

    I too, grew up with Bob Dylan, but we have grown apart. I went to see him live in London and walked out when I realised that the din he was making was actually Desolation Row. This is one of my favourites, yet he was more than half-way through before it dawned on me. Sad, very sad. (Report) Reply

  • (11/9/2009 1:41:00 AM)

    I like the clever way you interact with Dylan here...having never met, you still become intimate with him, for his part is of no use...without you to do yours.
    Beholden to each other..nice
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  • (5/22/2009 12:15:00 PM)

    Bob sums your poem up well with his latest album 'Together Through Life' (Report) Reply

  • (2/3/2009 3:36:00 PM)

    those last two lines are so powerful. You have a great ability to say it how it is. Thank you (Report) Reply

  • (10/22/2008 3:15:00 PM)

    Wonderful tribute to Bob Dylan. When I was younger, his songs often
    played in the background when I was creating poetry.

    Kind regards,

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  • Colin J... (9/1/2007 3:26:00 PM)

    Dylan and Cohen, they are the Masters...
    Great poem...
    Colin J...
    (Report) Reply

  • (8/15/2007 8:53:00 PM)

    Dylan's maybe the only songwriter I've ever considered a poet. Great songwriter, and great poem. (Report) Reply

  • (7/17/2007 10:09:00 PM)

    I grew up with dylan too
    as a matter of fact I’m listing to him
    right now

    needless to say
    you know I like this one too
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Poem Submitted: Monday, July 9, 2007

Poem Edited: Sunday, March 20, 2011

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