Music and poetry touches my emotions and finds a place in my heart, where I can feel the words penetrating my soul. When I listen to a good song or read a meaningful poem an emotional connection is made through the pain and heartbreak of recently losing people in my life to death and divorce. The Paul Simon song "Slip Slidin' Away” sends a message that nothing in life is for ever. The poem by Robert Herrick "All Things Decay and Die” stirs this familiar feeling. They are both similar in subject matter, but different in tone. The message they relay to the reader is ultimately the same.
The Song "Slip Slidin' Away” is about the dying of relationships, a wife to her husband, or a father to his son. The last verse of the song says "We're working our jobs, collect our pay Believe we're gliding down the highway, When in fact we're slip slidin' away” This verse explains the main theme of the song, that we live life thinking things are never going to change. Happiness is taken for granted, but on a flip of a coin life can and does change and everything slips away. We are living our lives, but we are working towards death.
The poem "All Things Decay And Die” is about physical death. It uses trees as a metaphor .The verse "That timber tall, which three -score lustres stood the proud dictator of the state-like wood,” This verse expresses a sense that youth fades away, and it is natures time that decides our fate in life .The poem expresses the reality that everything must die.
The Song "Slip Slidin' Away” and the poem "All Things Decay and Die” are similar in subject matter. The death of a long term relationship or the end of youth to aging ,they both put into words the idea that life is a process of dying .Whether, it is a difficult time in my life, or memories of a loved one. The right song or poem can touch my soul.