Black Sabbath’s original drummer Bill Ward is not only a musician, but he’s also a talented poet. The legendary drummer recently shared a new poem to his fans. ‘Pommes Fries and Mayonnaise,’ (French fries and Mayonnaise) was received with praise and admiration. In the poem, Ward mostly tried to express his feelings during the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s a surreal look at how many of us have felt during this amazingly difficult time. Ward captured feelings of loss, insecurity, and even a lack of reality at times. Take a look at the poem below:
Pommes Fries and Mayonnaise by Bill Ward
Bill Ward on poetry in his life
In a recent video Ward talked about how he started writing poems. On his first memory writing poetry Ward said:
“My English teacher Mr. Jones encouraged that, he encouraged me to write a little bit, and that’s why you would scribble out short stories, and scribble out, probably lyrics. And I would scribble out things that I thought rhymed. So, that’s my first recollection but I think it might probably be earlier than that, you know.”
After recalling his introduction to poetry, Ward shared an interested memory:
“So I’ve been writing things on paper, probably all my life, even up to this morning. I think I’m probably writing something down, probably every day, but I’m not aware of it. I’m just, you know, we could be out, well, back in the day we could be out, before COVID, I wrote things on table napkins all the time if we were in restaurants, so I mean anywhere, just write something. It’s almost like a problem [laughs] in terms of I’ll stop in the middle of a mid-conversation somewhere and have to go and write.”
To conclude, Bill Ward explained how long it takes for him to write some poems.
“Sometimes I might have four or five poems happening all the same time. Sometimes I’ll write a poem in ten seconds, twelve, maybe twenty seconds, and it’s done. It’s done, it’s finished. There’s no rhyme or reason. It’s absolutely out of control.”
Check out the whole video below:
Ward Would Love to Do a Studio Album with Sabbath
Ward also recently spoke in an interview in which he revealed that he wanted to do one more studio album with Black Sabbath. However, he said he didn’t have the “chops” to do one more tour with the band.
“Well, I’m not done with the Black Sabbath legacy. I haven’t been done. I was made done, but I’m not done. So, the others might be done, but I’m not, I would love to do a studio album with Sabbath, with all the original members. I’m just saying that I’m just floating that out there – I haven’t talked to anybody about that or anything else.”
While it’s uncertain as to whether any of this will ever happen, we think it’s safe to say that should any of this come to fruition, fans and critics will be chomping at the bit to hear any kind of studio session these guys put together. But it’s also safe to say that we shouldn’t collectively hold our breath.