For George

George Harrison


While unfolding perverted mistakes
my inverted love
guitar diverts sleep while
gently controlling
weeps for world peace

I weep
ten years
having learned this guitar piece
in my youth
while unfolding inverted
diverted love
for world peace



25 thoughts on “For George

  1. I like we’ve both done tributes in very different ways. I am too young to truly appreciate the impact and influence of the Beatles but I respect them and those who love them. I especially enjoyed the interplay of inverted/diverted/perverted. Thank you for your kind encouragement on my site.

    • thank you. i belive they broke up before i was born, but we studied them, and still do. i just remember when he died and how sad it was to play this song while we were out trying to save the world. i enjoy ur site btw. always refreshing and entertaining.

  2. wonder if any band ever had that big influence like the beatles..playing the songs we learned in our youth in a specific time can us take right back there even if we think at things differently now…love the word play and the feeling of your poem henry

  3. kaykuala says:

    I remember as a school boy listening to ‘Please, please me’ lulling myself to sleep (that was one of their earlier numbers) Beatles were then just making their impact. They provided a different style of group singing compared to lone singers like Elvis and Cliff Richard, the rage then. It was different as they were singing in unison for at least two or 3 voices at a time (unlike even other groups who had only lone singers)
    Coupled with their ‘yeh,yeh,’ their mopped hairstyle and dress sense we just couldn’t ignore them through our teen years. Our generation was privileged to be growing up with them ( though we were not digitised, had no handphones or FB). We were ok! Thanks for the memories!


  4. Henry,
    Thanks for this post. Great memories from “the day.” Guitar shredders today could take a lesson from George’s discipline, economy and simplicity. He still amazes and inspires. He became my favorite Beatle long ago.

  5. Paul and I are the same age; I watched them come of age, mature, lose John, and embrace all kinds of other music. They had amazing talent, charm and charisma. True artists they gave us originality, heart, soul, and beautiful works that have now been transformed in a myriad of covers. They took their name from the Crickets. I’m still not sure why Buddy chose that name (I always thought it was because the garage was full of them at some times of the year) but it gives both bands a kind of zen quality that perhaps was a foretelling of the Beatles success. I know Buddy would have loved them. Paul who owns the rights to his music was very kind and giving to Buddy’s parents and good friends with his widow. (As you know Buddy was my cousin).

  6. just a little rearrangement of words, and voila, we have a different world altogether!
    And you say you were goofing around, eh?! I don’t think so, thank you very much…
    Now that’s what I call a poem of reflection, and with a message! Brava, my friend!!!

  7. tashtoo says:

    Henry! Love this song…didn’t realize how much until Jeff Healy brought it back for that brief time, when I was a little bit older and more able to appreciate its pull. A wonderful write…and thank you so very much for your kind and encouraging words…meant the world to me. Much love!

  8. “while unfolding inverted
    diverted love
    for world peace”

    such a lovely string of expression, enjoyed this ~ Rose

    finally ~
    I have nominated you for the Versatile Bloggers Award. Your site always inspires me in poetry and I believe you deserve this recognition. Please claim your award and follow the three requirements for this award. It is my honor to nominate you for this award. Thank you.


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