Winamp predicts my 2018!

Here we go again for the umpteenth time!

The rules are simple: add all your music folders to your player of choice and set it on shuffle. The titles of tracks will be answers to the questions below. (I usually skip instrumental tracks but that is a personal preference.)

1. Where am I by the beginning of 2018?

Elvis Presley – ‘Paralyzed’

When you looked into my eyes
I stood there like I was hypnotised
You sent a feeling to my spine
A feeling warm and smooth and fine
But all I could do were stand there paralyzed
When we kissed, ooh what a thrill
You took my hand and, ooh baby, what a chill
I felt like grabbin’ you real tight
Squeeze and squeeze with all my might
But all I could do were stand there paralyzed

Heh, heh… I suppose there’s someone who feels that way about me just now indeed 🙂

2. My main task in 2018.

Puscifer – ‘The Undertaker’

Before I go tell me
Were you ever who you claimed yourself to be?
Either way I must say goodbye
You are dead to me

Right. Must not repeat mistakes from the past. Got it.

3. Self-fulfillment in 2018, my “me” this year.

Tom Waits – ‘Babbachichuija’

That… is an enigma, it seems 😀

4. Financial matters in 2018.

Wig Wam – ‘In My Dreams’

I don’t know if this is what it seems
Is it real or just a fantasy?
Aim to please is all you every do
Making all my fairytales come true


5. Relatives and neighbours in 2018.

Elvis Presley – ‘(Marie’s the Name of) His Latest Flame’

Drama ahead? Business as usual, then…

6. Home in 2018.

Sinead O’Connor – ‘Jump in the River’

And if you said jump in the river I would
Because it would probably be a good idea
You’re not supposed to be here at all
It’s all been a gorgeous mistake
Sick one or clean one
The best one
That God ever made

Iiiiiiinteresting… I wonder if I’ll move?

7. Love in 2018.

Tom Waits – ‘Get Behind the Mule’

Got to get behind the mule, yeah
In the morning and plow
Get behind the mule in the morning and plow

I wonder if this means I won’t be the only one doing the emotional labor this time…?

8. Health in 2018.

Pink – ‘Funhouse’

This used to be a funhouse
But now it’s full of evil clowns
It’s time to start the countdown
I’m gonna burn it down down down
I’m gonna burn it down

Uh… will I start smoking again? We’ll see.

9. Partnership in 2018.

Placebo – ‘Julien’

Fallen angles in the night
And everyone is barred from Heaven
Just one more hit to make it right
But everyone turns into seven
Now that it’s snowing in your brain
Another ten will not placate you
This ain’t no killer for the pain
This avalanche will suffocate you

That sounds like a warning but what the hell, let’s enjoy the ride.

10. Loans, mysticism and sex in 2018.

Tool – ‘Faaip De Oiad’

OK, um, um, OK,
what we’re thinking of as, as aliens,
they’re extradimensional beings,
that, an earlier precursor of the, um, space program they made contact with.
They are not what they claim to be.
Uh, they’ve infiltrated a, a lot of aspects of, of, of the military establishment,
particularly the Area 51.

Mystical? Definitely! 😀

11. Travels in 2018.

Depeche Mode – ‘More Than a Party’

Lots of surprises in store
This isn’t a party it’s a whole lot more

Yes please, it’s been a while 😀

12. Career and new work-related commitments in 2018.

David Bowie – ‘Janine’

Your strange demand
To collocate my mind
Scares me into gloom
You’re too intense
I’ll have to keep you in your place
I’ve no defense
I’ve got to keep my veil on my face

Yeah, challenges, I get it 😀

13. Friends and social affairs in 2018.

Pink Floyd – ‘Nobody Home’

And I’ve got second sight
I got amazing powers of observation
And that is how I know
When I try to get through
On the telephone to you
There’ll be nobody home

Gee, thanks, guys 😀

14. Secrets and processes in the subconscious in 2018.

Metallica – ‘Bleeding Me’

I’m diggin’ my way
I’m diggin’ my way to somethin’
I’m diggin’ my way to somethin’ better
I’m pushin’ to stay
I’m pushin’ to stay with somethin’
I’m pushin’ to stay with somethin’ better
I’m sowing the seeds
I’m sowing the seeds I take
I’m sowing the seeds I take for granted
This thorn in my side
This thorn in my side is from the tree
This thorn in my side is from the tree I’ve planted
It tears me and I bleed

Looks like there’s some serious contemplation ahead…

15. Where am I by the end of 2018?

Nine Inch Nails – ‘Heresy’

He sewed his eyes shut because he is afraid to see
He tries to tell me what I put inside of me
He got the answers to ease my curiosity
He dreamed up a god and called it Christianity
God is dead and no one cares
If there is a hell, I’ll see you there

Well, that’s… deeper than expected 😀 But I’ve always known that I’m not fit for the Christian heaven.


30 – 30 day poetry challenge

Day 30 – Write a poem employing extended metaphor to illustrate the experience of the last thirty days.


It started out as a healing process
But soon entered into a learning curve
Like a bobsleigh team from Jamaica
Not every day is a good day for creation
But some are
And those days are worth living for.

I did not manage to do it properly:
I had to write a poem every day
Without failure

But life happened, as it often does
And then it happened very intensely
I bet you thought I had given up already

However – here we are,
30 poems done!

I am content

28 – 30 day poetry challenge

Day 28 – Visit a virtual art gallery and look around until you find a piece that intrigues you. Write a poem inspired by the artwork.


consume consume consume
do not apply critical thinking
do not question authority
do not attempt individuality
consume consume consume


what goes in one end
comes out from the other
it’s the circle of life


consume consume consume
trust the majority
ten million flies can’t be wrong
accept what is provided without question
consume consume consume


26 – 30 day poetry challenge

Day 26 – Gather some magazines/catalogs you don’t mind cutting up and spend ten minutes flipping through them looking for words/sentences that spark your interest. Cut out the words as you go, and (at the end of the ten minutes) arrange the words to form a cut-out poem.

I don’t have any literature in English that I wouldn’t mind destroying but I have the most basic set of fridge poetry, which seems to be a reasonable substitute for this particular task.



25 – 30 day poetry challenge

Day 25 – Write a poem that includes all of the following words: pistachio, ink, pebble, weather, varnish.


Even the word itself is depressing –
Cold winds, pebble sized hail…
I try to peer out of my window
But it seems to be covered in ink.
The weather is fucking devious!
Let’s say rains a lot
And then there’s this one
Really Cold Night
And the next morning
Everything looks as if covered in
A thick layer of varnish
Except it is ice.
Ice ice baby…
No crampons? Good luck!
Better stay indoors,
Find that packet of pistachios
You bought last week but forgot
And devour its contents in one go.
You’ll feel better, I promise.

23 – 30 day poetry challenge

Day 23 – Write a seven line poem that begins with “it’s true that fresh air is good for the body” (from Frank O’Hara’s poem “Ave Maria”) and ends with “this is our body” (from Gary Snyder’s “The Bath”).


it’s true that fresh air is good for the body
but we all know air is invisible
and so are ghosts that reside in it
so every time you’re having sex outside
the spirits around you are whispering:
do you mind?
this is our body!

22 – 30 day poetry challenge

Day 22 – What is the first car you bought/drove/remember? Write a poem about it.


Orange, rugged, bulky and strong
Slow and thirsty and not exactly new
The fun the times we had are long
Gone but I still remember you

Speeding was never my favourite game
Nor yours, we shared a different lust
Since we parted, mud’s not been the same
But you’re old and too fond of rust 😦