You know what an earworm is, right? Earworms come in two types. The first and most common is the song earworm. That is when you get part of a song stuck in your brain and can't shake it. Song earworms have several characteristics.
- It's from a catchy tune.
- It's usually not one you are really like.
- It's not one that you know all the lyrics.
- It's frequently a children's song.
Once after watching a television show, I had an earworm from a catchy, 1950's song. I only knew the first two lines. My dear hubby tried to cure me. He started singing the Disney children's classic, "It's a small world after all." I didn't think that was funny.
The second kind of earworm is when you remember the first lines of a poem that you once had to memorize. After I wrote about the drummer in my last post, that happened to me. Poem earworms don't go away until you look up the poem and read it again. So, since it is about creativity, I thought I'd share it with you.
What happens to a dream deferred?
Does it dry up
like a raisin in the sun?
Or fester like a sore—
And then run?
Does it stink like rotten meat?
Or crust and sugar over—
like a syrupy sweet?
Maybe it just sags
like a heavy load.
Or does it explode?
Langston Hughes February 1, 1902 - May 22, 1967