Sunday, April 12, 2015

Ten Ways of Looking at Music


Photography:  K. Sparrek


I.     The gramophone is pillow
       cradling her sleep 
       whistling a music only she hears 

II.    The silence
       between the waves
       curled back string, taut - 
       the music in repose

III.   She walks with music
       of summer wind
       each step, cursive rhythm 
       
IV.  His words pierce her skin
      Swelling into scar
      Not even green tea
      nor music can soothe

V.   The digital music is light as air
      She walks
      with the clouds, cottoned to
      sun
      
VI.  The drums & piano keys
      war against each other
      His chest rises 
      with each horn's long call

VII. He was dancing as if the red ants
      are nibbling his feet
      The music must be sweet 
      as sugar 

VIII. Sleep eluded us
       So we order music
       as midnight snack &
       mambo as zombies

IX.   When the moon is new
       music draws us
       a star in our palms 
       
X.    She seeded music in winter-
       By spring, 
       it was hopping with orange-        
       breasted robins 


Posted for Imaginary Garden with Real Toads - Inspired by Wallace Stevens' Thirteen Ways of Looking at Blackbird
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41 comments:

  1. This is so intense.!! Never imagined music could be described like it is in your poem :D
    Loved it!!
    - Sanaa

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  2. Nice. Music expressed in the way it makes people feel and move. Such rich and cool bits of imagery in every part. A pleasure to read. :)

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  3. What an excellent poem. I love the embedded narrative in little pieces.. The differnt poems are like points where I can draw a story of my myself, imagine what has happened,

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  4. What a wonderful perspective, it bring to life something so abstract!

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  5. What a wonderful progression...and the image was a brilliant means to bring each element of the story (her thoughts) forward...i particularly like those hopping orange robins :)

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  6. I enjoyed each of these, Grace. I really cannot choose a favorite, but like Jae Rose, I really was intrigued by #10. Another that stands out for me is #5.

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  7. Mambo-ing zombies is quite the image lol ah what sleeplessness can do

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  8. A musical journey..all parts of the symphony of life..

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  9. absolutely beautful Grace, a musical Journey, I love walk in my garden with the sounds of the wind, birds and trees, beautiful!!!
    xo

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  10. I love, love, love this idea....so many images and feelings this conjured....I think I especially loved the last one...

    'She seeded music in winter-
    By spring,
    it was hopping with orange-
    breasted robins'

    What sweet music the robins bring.

    Donna@LivingFromHappiness

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  11. Ten remarkable ways to describe the elusive beauty of music, I especially enjoyed numbers V and VII.

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  12. Oh, I think you've done a wonderful job! (I love music as midnight snack.)

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  13. Your poem has painted music in very visible colors. My favorite is VI--I can almost see the orchestra. ;-)

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  14. I LOVE "she walks with the music of summer wind"!!!! I loved this poem and format, and adore your two closing stanzas. Wonderful work!

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  15. o my..each one is glittering...love them all Grace...

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  16. luv this in its entirety, but one stand out more than the other stanzas for me

    V. The digital music is light as air
    She walks
    with the clouds, cottoned to
    sun

    have a good Sunday

    much love...

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  17. So much in the form of music so much created. I like VII sounds of happy times.

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  18. lovely images, I loved the second and the fourth the most, seemed familiar.

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  19. This makes me wish I could really write... This is real poetry, proper writing... I tip my hat to you!

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  20. Lovely, Grace. My favorite the last, although I like others too,

    " She seeded music in winter-
    By spring,
    it was hopping with orange-
    breasted robins

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  21. this looks like a fun form with many ways to go... neat prompt

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  22. I like this collection Grace-- No. X is my favorite--I love the seeding of music

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  23. I especially like #7- the image made me smile.

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  24. This is utterly magical and the imagery is so freshly creative.....descriptions are unique...that last stanza in particular! Beautiful.

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  25. My favorite is the second though they are all beautiful. Somehow that picture of between the waves of sound and taut string is just so lovely.

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  26. These little pieces were sewn by the the title. Great write Grace. I particulaly loved the imagery in VII. Ha! I am smiling on the train.

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  27. Super charming, Grace, clever, evocative-thanks. k.

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  28. I will remember these ways especially as I dance as if red ants are biting. Great write Grace. I love the originality of each stanza.

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  29. I love the movement and imagery in a poem "about" music.

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  30. What some beautiful images you have created. I laughed out loud at number VII!

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  31. Beautiful way of getting music made known. Music is mesmerizing and one would just love it! Great lines Grace!

    Hank

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  32. Each one unique and exquisite, Grace!! I love nice the most, I think...but there are so many others that had me sighing!

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  33. All these are amazing. Number eight is my favorite.

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  34. I especially like verse 7. Great prompt, Grace - have a good week ~

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  35. lovely...each in their own right. I admit the sixth was my favorite only by a hair...the seventh made me smile.

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  36. You started out right with me, Grace, nice poem per your prompt. I like those old gramophones, perhaps because I never had one but I would like to have had one.
    The dancing I like but I am not a good dancer at all. Just listening to music soothes my head by massaging the brain area as it goes in one ear and out the other.
    ..

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  37. Gorgeous! I just wrote the word seeded in my new poem and I come here and read this-vivid and stunning~ Lovely, Grace!

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