Powerful and Meaningful

6 Mar



They can be so damned powerful, or they can just be a collection of letters unique only in their mundane nature.

Let me share the lyrics from a song titled “Ghosts” by the late, great songwriter Dan Fogelberg.

Sometimes, in the night I feel it
Near as my next breath
and yet, untouchable
Silently the past comes stealing
Like the taste of some forbidden sweet

Along the walls; in shadowed rafters
Moving like a thought through haunted atmospheres
Muted cries and echoed laughter
Banished dreams that never sank in sleep

Lost in love and found in reason
Questions that the mind can find no answers for
Ghostly eyes conspire treason
As they gather just outside the door…

Every ghost that calls upon us
Brings another measure in the mystery
Death is there
To keep us honest
And constantly remind us we are free

Down the ancient corridors
And through the gates of time
Run the ghosts of days
That we left behind


Unbelievable!  I have listened to that song now for thirty-five years and I still get goose-bumps when I hear it because of those powerful words.  The same is true of some books I’ve read.  No matter how many times I read them, they still manage to fill me with awe.


How many speeches have you heard in your lifetime? I would venture to guess I’ve heard hundreds, if not one thousand, but there are only five, six, maybe seven I actually remember, and I remember those because of their unique words, their special phrasing, and yes, the way they deliver a particular message.


I know I risk sounding corny, but I believe writers have a responsibility to deliver a message, or deliver a story, or deliver a poem, in the most powerful way possible.

There is more than enough mundane in this world.

There is more than enough half-assed boring in this world.

What we need more of is meaningful and powerful.

Just a random thought from an old man.


“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”





24 Responses to “Powerful and Meaningful”

  1. Janine Huldie March 6, 2018 at 3:04 pm #

    Love this and probably why I still listen to many songs from the 60s and 70s as I find the words are just very powerful from some of the greats back then and still speak to me many years later. Thanks for the reminder here and Happy Tuesday now!! 🙂

    • Billybuc March 6, 2018 at 4:04 pm #

      You are an old soul, Janine! Just one reason why I like you so much.

      Thanks a ton, my friend, and another Happy Tuesday to you.

  2. Greg Boudonck March 6, 2018 at 3:08 pm #

    I love your random thoughts Bill. Keep them coming.

    • Billybuc March 6, 2018 at 4:05 pm #

      Thanks Greg! I shall do that my friend.

  3. manatita March 6, 2018 at 4:44 pm #

    Well, Bro, you know that this lantern Carrier will most certainly support your argument. Long live our kind!

    • Billybuc March 6, 2018 at 5:46 pm #

      Long live our kind for sure, my friend! Thank you!

  4. Kathy March 6, 2018 at 5:51 pm #

    Ah, never underestimate the power of a well-written piece. I try to keep it in mind. Right now I am struggling with words and ideas. An ongoing battle to be respectful of words.Thanks for writing.

    • Billybuc March 6, 2018 at 6:24 pm #

      It will come to you, Kathy. Be patient my friend, and thank you!

  5. Mike March 7, 2018 at 1:09 am #

    Hello Bill – You offer so much to think about. Of course all those that find their way here will agree. Words, strong words, well spoken have an impact. That is the Holy Grail for writers. Or at least I think so.

    • Billybuc March 7, 2018 at 2:39 pm #

      Thank you Mike! You, my friend, are a powerful writer!

  6. Sageleaf March 7, 2018 at 1:45 am #

    You’re so right: words can be used in incredible ways and coming to think of it, I can only remember snippets of speeches I’ve heard over the years. I’m sucker for inspirational speeches, too, and I feel all inspired listening to them, but somehow that feeling wanes pretty quickly after listening. Especially when it’s not “live” and it’s a video or a recording. Fascinating. Which also tells me that “not live” will always be more difficult to convey a point rather than “live.” Hmm…good food for thought. 🙂

    • Billybuc March 7, 2018 at 2:41 pm #

      Interesting perspective, Lil Sis, and I tend to agree with you for the most part…of course, I have a dream has withstood the test of time and “live vs not live,” but few others do.

      Hugs my friend,and forever thanks

  7. Michael Milec March 7, 2018 at 2:48 am #

    Words, after spoken
    memorized or swaying in the air
    saturate our spirit
    and never return back
    without attain their full meaning.

    • Billybuc March 7, 2018 at 2:41 pm #

      Look at you, Michael my friend, turning poetic on me. Beautiful comment, my friend. Beautiful!

  8. 1authorcygnetbrown March 7, 2018 at 2:34 pm #

    You are so right! There is so much wrong with the world needs more words of encouragement and inspiration if we are ever going to change. As writers, our words are like seeds planted in the garden of life, waiting for readers to nurture them perhaps into a movement.

    • Billybuc March 7, 2018 at 2:42 pm #

      Perfectly stated, Donna! Thank you for that inspiration!

      • 1authorcygnetbrown March 7, 2018 at 3:41 pm #

        To parady a Gandhi, phrase, we writers truly are the change we want to see.

  9. phoenix2327 March 7, 2018 at 4:16 pm #

    Bill, I get what you mean about delivering meaning and power. But what if you just want to provide a bit of fun and escapism from the mundane world. Does that count for anything?

    • Billybuc March 7, 2018 at 4:22 pm #

      Zulma, fun and escapism are powerful in their own right, don’t you think? I sure think so. Anything which takes us from the mundane for even a few minutes is powerful in my mind.

      • phoenix2327 March 8, 2018 at 5:31 pm #

        Point taken. I like books that make me think, but I also enjoy books where I can just sit back and enjoy the ride. 🙂

      • Billybuc March 8, 2018 at 5:38 pm #

        Me too, Zulma! I have to shut off my brain from time to time and immerse myself in pure entertainment.

  10. Sarah Potter Writes March 24, 2018 at 4:30 pm #

    Why do people rarely write lyrics like that anymore? I’m an old fogey, too, and like listening to BBC Radio 2 when cooking the dinner every evening. The majority of the songs are golden oldies, whether they’re pop, jazz, blues, or folk. I particularly love folk music as the words are so brilliant and often tell a story.
    Anyway, yes, I can’t deal with the mundane. This morning, while out walking the dog, my son and I were agreeing how difficult it is for both of us to engage in mundane conversations and that quite a lot of people are really, really boring. Some are not so boring if you get to know them, but some … I’m yawning, just thinking about them. To write down such conversations in a novel (unless in a satirical context) would surely send the average reader to sleep.

    • Billybuc March 24, 2018 at 7:23 pm #

      Exactly, Sarah! I like you more each day. There are some people who are incredibly boring,mundane, and downright silly with their insignificant comments. I can’t be bothered talking to people about mundane matters…my time is too valuable. That may sound snobbish but so be it.

      Happy Saturday dear friend!

      • Sarah Potter Writes March 26, 2018 at 11:18 am #

        Not snobbish at all. Bill. Just sensible. As you say, time is too valuable.

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