A poem inspired by the chorus of Tears for Fears' song, Mad World.


I find it kind of funny
I find it kind of sad
The dreams in which I'm dying are
The best I've ever had
- Roland Orzabal

I don't remember much, if at all, of dreams.
They are a foreign landscape.

To me more Munch than Rembrandt they would seem
if I would try to paint them,
because the most vivid of all my dreams
are those in which I'm dying.

They're graphic too. I'll share the scenes if you
feel up for the challenge.

The first of dreams I most remember was
one of me stuck in an iron maiden,
feeling joy not fear as the spikes drew closer,
and I laughing as my body was crushed.

The second of dreams I most remember was
of me drowning in the trunk of a car,
in some lake, freezing, running out of breath:
Terror turning whimpers to mad laughter.

The third dream, oh, the third dream is one
more wicked than the first two and all else
that followed because it has a date and
a time and a place and it's the one dream
I wish I could cut away from my head
physically, because it makes me ill.

That's the dream of a child quiet in a room
chasing sleep for if not slept then soon
the noises, harsh noises, will keep me up
all night; noises that blame instead of love,
instead of care, instead of happy days
of the past I'm not sure exist at all;
I've been writing of it so long, I'm not
sure there was anything there before
this dream, besides the other dreams in which
I'm dying but this is the one I died in.
I've been a walking corpse ever since.
I've been a laughing corpse ever since.

I find it funny
I find it sad
I find it funny because it's sad.
It's sad it's funny, is it not?
Sad and funny are all I've got.
Mix the two and it's sunny.
Cut the two, now you have sun.
Round the 'u' now you have son.
Sad and funny are all I am.

Poetry by Sameen
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Written on 2018-09-28 at 19:53

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I really like the flow of the poem, the way it capture's the readers attention. And like Ashe said, the stanzas are picturesque. I can see that the whole poem is quite a lot inspired by the song. Maybe put "After Roland Orzabal," the name of the songwriter, in the top of the poem? Just a suggestion.


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Mood: 5

Ashe The PoetBay support member heart!
Dark and disturbing, but also a very enjoyable read (I like dark and disturbing) Very graphic with a flow that won't let the reader put it down.

Language: 5
Format: 4
Overall: 5
Mood: 5