Why Do You Ask?


photo by Charley

Is it just me?

Is it only me who hears

song cues with this prompt?

“Well I wonder, wonder who…?”

Do you ever wonder?

“Each night I ask

the stars up above, ‘Why…?’”

Do you stay

awake at night, asking,

“Where oh where can my baby be…?”

Are you a fool like me?

“Why do they fall in love?”

Do you stare at the clock?

“How long has this been going on?”

“Does anybody really know…?”

Should you get up and get dressed?

“Where do we go from here?”

Do you check the weather before heading out?

“Have you ever seen the rain?”

“Who’ll stop the rain?”

Do you know which questions to ask?

Which one is the essential one?


My vote:  “Is this the real life?  Or is this fantasy?”


It’s poetics night at dVerse Poets Pub, and we’ve been asked to write a poem that asks.  One that doesn’t answer.  This is my stab at it.  Come join the fun!


44 thoughts on “Why Do You Ask?

  1. Clever as ever, Charley! This just bops along with such a beat that I want to dance around the sofa. The greater question remains, Which of these song cues will be stuck in my head for the rest of the night? 🙂


    • Yeah, you’re right on the limited perspective thing. We look down on the ants, never considering we might be someone else’s ants. (I think I got that concept… or something close to it… from a scene in Animal House)

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  2. I just heard this song yesterday, “Where do we go from here?”, while driving in my car to who know where, thinking about who know what, wondering what’s going to happen next. 🙂


  3. LATE to the reading 😦 Too much fun on Cape Cod…but we are back now.
    LOVING this….and I could hear every song line you mention here and as I was reading them silently, they were singing in my head! Now that’s the way to engage a reader 🙂


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