Rhyming and Lyrics – The Ballad of Hayden Pike – IDHOTTL #7

This piece is #7 in the collection I Do Heroin on the Train Line So You Don’t Have To: A Hitchhiker’s Guide to My Galaxie.

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The Ballad of Hayden Pike by Melodie Yvonne

Just got a new house, but we’re playing pretend
Somehow we don’t know it, don’t know it’ll end
But Merlin’s been supplyin’ to our southern kin
And I told them to not let those fucking people in

It’s just been 3 months, but the walls bleed our sins
It’s suckin’ our souls like we’re stuck in quicksand
But somehow this shit storm’s about to get worse
We’ve been teasin’ the devil and he’s ‘bout to quench his thirst

Broke glass rips the night like a banshee in heat
Didn’t think a shotgun & my face’d ever meet
“Get down on the ground!“ cuts through me like a knife
Didn’t think I would die on a night like tonight

I shut my eyes super tight ‘til there’s nothin’ but dark
Now I’m prayin’ somehow that this gun play don’t start
Just prayin’ and prayin’ they’ll at least end it easy
Just kill me real quick, but at least save the baby

They duct tape us real tight so we won’t get away
Because I’m “with child” they give me some sway
But somethin’ about that tone in his voice
Told me real fuckin’ quick he wasn’t just bein’ nice

“The drugs and the money is what we are after!”
I said “I got money,” but they answered with laughter
“Gerald Lee, go on & look in the freezer,”
“We won’t hurt you, lil lady. We’re their fuckin’ reapers.”

Then just like that as quick as it started
A few empty threats and then they departed
And nothin’ was left in that after math of violence
‘Cept the ripping of duct tape through deafening silence

It really is true, those goblins’ll get ya
If you keep on smitin’ the hand that begets you
You wait & you watch & you look for the signs
But we don’t really want ‘em when we’re toin’ the line

All we can feel is the jones of an addict
We barely got out, but we just need some practice
“Next time we’ll be ready, and draw our guns first,”
“No more fuckin’ around. They’ll go home in a hearse…”


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Melodie Yvonne

Melodie Yvonne Ramey, owner, editor, & contributor at Photographic Melodie, grew up in the small southern Indiana town of North Vernon. She picked up her first camera at the young age of 5, and was immediately hooked. Every trip, even just to the local park, was turned into a fantasy scene of her own imagination that would later be turned into epic tales in word and photos.

Melodie spent her teen years learning from and mentoring under professionals such as Richard Young, John Sheckler, and The Grand Conundrum. She received an Associates of Applied Science in Visual Technologies majoring in Photography from Ivy Tech in 2002 after studying under acclaimed professors such as Hoosier photographer Darryl Jones, Jonathan Wilson, and many other masters in the field.

Melodie’s main focus has always been music photography. Growing up with photography and listening to amazing musicians inspired her dream to create visual images that made people feel the way they do when they hear the music. She wanted to help people SEE the music by capturing every magical moment of concerts that she could only dream about as she gazed into music magazines like Rolling Stone and Spin.

Melodie has done numerous jobs around the country ranging from working for bands to even being the official photographer on many southern Indiana Poker Runs. Her specialties are in nature, music, and candid event photography, as well as one of a kind photographic creations. Melodie published her first print book Photographic Memories: In the Beginning, a collection of poetry, in 2011, and has since published 2 more print works, Photographic Memories: Meet me in the Middle and Hoosier Heavens, her first photo book. Melodie currently acts as publisher, editor & lead contributor at Photographic Melodie and does freelance work with many other media outlets, venues, and artists.

Melodie says, “I started out with a Tweety bird camera and a dream and I never let go. I will always love photography and the vessel it has given me to share the images of my heart and mind with the world. I have found that every single person on this earth visualizes the world in very different ways. Some people are optimists, some are pessimists. Some people are daydreamers, and others keep their feet firmly planted on the ground. Photography allows me to show some of these different visualizations. It allows the rationalist to see that it’s okay to dream, it can show the monsters hidden in the dark, and it can show even the saddest of people that there is still joy in the world.”

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