Rhyming and Lyrics – Nails

Nails by Melodie Yvonne Ramey

As I pull these crooked nails

out of these old tired walls

I think about my own foolishness

How can I believe with a nature impermanent

and fluctuating such as mine

that’d I stay in one place for this long

that’s I’d stay in one place for this time?

How am I going to fill all these holes?

and not just the holes in my mind

I need to find a place to heal mine

A place that can fill them all of the time

these gaping chasms in my heart

and my soul have finally combined


An author’s note about this work: Many people know I spend a lot of time writing poetry and lyrics outside of my daily photography and music reviews. I thought I’d share today a little bit of my writing process, and how sometimes my roaming thoughts turn into what they are. Here is a little example:

While trying to sell my house I had been doing a lot of packing, painting, and patching. On the particular day this poem was born I had decided to take down all of my wall art. I began removing the nails and patching the holes to prepare for painting. These thoughts were roaming through my mind as I worked…

“As I pull these crooked nails out of these old tired walls all I can think about is my own foolishness. How could I have believed with a nature as impermanent and fluctuating such as mine that I would stay in one place for this long? How am I going to fill all of these holes… and not just the ones in the walls. I need to find a place to heal for a while, a place that can fill the gaping chasms in my heart and soul.”

I immediately stopped and began typing. I just felt like there was something there, but I went back to work, and then I kinda forgot. I didn’t stumble upon it for a couple of months after that, and then when I did I began looking at the possibilities, and “Nails” came to life.

Well, there you have it. Maybe this didn’t turn out to be one of my most best and brilliant, but the idea is there. Maybe I’ll go back, and look another day. Until then make sure to go back and visit my original poetic works, Photographic Memories: In the Beginning and Photographic Memories: Meet me in the Middle.


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Melodie Yvonne

Melodie Yvonne, lead photographer and owner of Photographic Melodie, grew up in the small southern Indiana town of North Vernon. She picked up her first camera at the age of 5, and was immediately hooked. By the age of 15 she began to turn every trip, even just to the local park, into a fantasy scene of her own imagination, and started mentoring with many local professionals. Melodie received an Associates of Applied Science in Visual Technologies majoring in Photography from Ivy Tech in 2002 after studying under acclaimed professors and many other masters in the field.

Melodie’s main focus has always been music photography. Growing up listening to many amazing musicians inspired her dream to create visual images that made people feel the way they do when listening to music. Her goal was to help people SEE the music.

Melodie has done numerous jobs around the country ranging from working for bands to being the official photographer on many southern Indiana Poker Runs. Her specialties are in nature, music, and candid event photography. She published her first print work, a collection of images & poetry, in 2011, and has since published many more print works. Melodie currently acts as owner & lead photographer at Photographic Melodie, House Photographer for Purdue Theatre, and Tour Photographer for multiple Billboard Charts topping bands as well as freelance work with many other media outlets, venues, and musicians.

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