While sitting at a baseball game tonight, I began debating what song I would choose to play when I got up to bat. (Note: this is something I do EVERY time I attend a baseball game.) At first I thought maybe "Centerfield" by John Fogerty but instead opted for "Some Kind of Wonderful" by Grand Funk Railroad, in case you were wondering. As I ran a list of songs through my head, I kept thinking about the beat and rhythm of course, but I kept coming back to the lyrics. They tell the story.
That's the point where my thoughts veered waaaay out of the ball park, as it were. I began thinking about how the songs I love tell me a story. A story that I can relate to and moves me in some way - a funny way, a sad way - doesn't matter how, only that it does. This is how I feel about good poetry. It should succinctly and creatively tell a story, be accessible, and move the reader. Essentially, lyrics are poetry set to music.
Poetry is not only the meter and rhyme, folks.