Sunday, November 15, 2009

Take a Chance Challenge: Lit Riff

I thought about this challenge element from the Take A Chance Challenge for a long time. Here's the challenge --
Lit Riff (inspired by the book Lit Riffs by Matthew Miele.) Choose a song and then write a brief story that is inspired by or further explains the lyrics of the song.

I wasn't sure I was going to participate in this one because it seemed difficult and possibly boring to write about a relationship or something. And then I had an idea ... a really terribly bad idea (so feel free to leave now).

First, you pick an unbelievably mopey song ...
Lyrics from Apart by The Cure

He waits for her to understand
but she won't understand at all.
She waits all night for him to call
but he won't call anymore.
He waits to hear her say "forgive"
but she just drops her pearl-black eyes
and prays to hear him say "I love you"
but he tells no more lies.

He waits for her to sympathize
but she won't sympathize at all.
She waits all night to feel his kiss
but always wakes alone.
He waits to hear her say "forget"
but she just hangs her head in pain
and prays to hear him say "no more,
I'll never leave again".

How did we get this far apart?
We used to be so close together.
How did we get this far apart?
I thought this love would last forever.

And then you write ...

Childish Games by Kristen M.

Oh my god ... how long have we been here? It feels like only moments ago that we both started out ... him on the ladder, me on the steps. He waits for me to close my pearl-black eyes (Marco!) and then we both start moving. But now he seems so far away (Polo!). Did he get out of the pool? I just couldn't forgive him if he got out. I shout "Marco" and his "Polo" takes so long to come that I'm sometimes afraid that he's actually gone away -- into the house or something. Seriously ... I'm getting really pissed off. I think he's lying about still being in the pool.

Now it's his turn and he wants me to feel bad for him and how long it's taking to find me? (Marco!) Yeah right. Like I could forget how he just left me hanging for like half an hour. (Polo!) I'm not even sure why we're playing this dumb game. When we were kids we used to love it and I thought that love would last forever but I guess we outgrow almost everything. I honestly don't think I'll ever say "I love Marco Polo" again. I think about teasing him with a kiss on the back of the neck but then I swim away from his outstretched arms -- knowing that I'm also going to cheat and get out of the pool.
The End.

Well, there was my Lit Riff! What mopey song would you turn into a silly parody? Duncan Sheik's She Runs Away as a game of tag? U2's classic I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For as hide-and-seek?

Getting the sillies out,


  1. Good blog man, i am searching Literature For dummies in Google, and i found it.

  2. OMG, I have a song parody about book bloggers made out of The Violent Femmes' "American Music" but I've been reluctant to post it. I originally wrote it inspired by BBAW but then only showed it to Amy...If I don't write something else by the end of the month, it'll have to go up.

  3. How fun! Now I'm inspired to try it myself if for no other reason than for a good laugh. :)

  4. Love your take on this! I actually enjoyed writing mine a lot more than I thought I would. =)

  5. I love it! I would have never put those two together at all so I got a good giggle out of it. I'm glad you ended up doing it after all! See -- that wasn't too bad, was it?

  6. I'm finally catching up on my blog reading--hence the late commenting. Loved your idea. Very creative and unconventional!