This poem was inspired by Florence + The Machine’s short movie, The Odyssey which was directed by Vincent Haycock. The 2015 album, How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful is an honest portrayal of Florence Welch‘s journey from being heartbroken and finding herself again. The short film, set from a collection of nine songs from that album is a visual representation of that journey.
Here we see our heroine, not from the war ravaged town of Troy,
if love is a battlefield, then devotion is an act of war
A kiss was the bullet that made her bleed for him
We all need to find our own versions of Ithaca one day or another
It may take a broken heart to get there
Two bodies, two roads, one train of thought
Just like a new street, the person across from can be unrecgonizable
The imprints of a hotel bed and these bottles to forget just to build a bridge for her to get closer to you
She used all the pieces and splinters of her shattered life boat to put herself back together
Made deals with devils to get that piece of blue heaven
You can never have too much of one thing
This cold world
How colossal, how colorful, how serene indeed
She found peace upon a mountain top one day
When the lights shined the brightest, she sang about her pain
As unpredictable as every ocean wave upon rock, she was seeking peace in chaos
The struggle is within the surrender
Why do the ones that ignite the fire inside of us also engulf us in the flames?
Why do we choose to give up the match?
During the days of rain, she longed for warmth
From the ashes, she found a fire within herself
Love is a broken bone and your cause of healing
It’s a case of amnesia, it’s that long lost friend that’s a reminder
Bright lights, big stages
She found Ithaca within the spotlight
and strength within her voice without the music
Watch the full movie below.