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Ode To Blink-182
Ode To Blink-182
01/10/12 at 09:12 AM by forget_december
I wrote this for my creative writing class a couple of years ago. I was still dazed and giddy from the Blink reunion (which was announced that night), so I decided to write about them.

To Mark, Tom, and Travis

I’ve known you for almost half my life so far
And I want to thank you for the past ten years
A decade you’ve filled with shock and awe
And almost two hundred songs to grace my ears

One verse and one chorus was all that I needed
From my musical rut, you set me free
If you meant to inspire, then you succeeded
You struck your chords, and they struck me

You stayed carefree and shameless even at twenty-three
Stuck it to the man with sticks and guitars in hand
Set curse words aflame and streaked down the streets
This attitude, this sound launched a thousand bands

Two records later, you were invincible, it seemed
Then came the news I refused to comprehend
Forever, my eyes were locked on that screen
That cold February morning when you announced your end

From then on, I sang along with a thorn in my side
Knowing we could never again sing these songs together
It’s felt like plus forty-four years since the music died
Your angels and airwaves vowed to never surrender

You never unplugged the amps, you continued to play
Except now there were new names and two friends against one
Separate tours, separate stages, these new bands—here to stay
But neither could top what you had promised was done

Soon messages spread, cryptic and viral
Constant hints and rumors of your triumphant return
My hopeful mind began to spin and spiral
Four years to my loss, the truth I’d learn

My heart swelled as you three took the stage once more
I prayed that this moment wouldn’t be the last
Then came the news I had been wishing for
It was official – Blink was back!
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