Poems to fit the evening of classical music with Leonard Slatkin and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra; written while listening.
Double Play (2010) by Cindy McTee
Disruptions peak curiosity
cognizant of theme,
flourishing minuscule –
building volume & orchestration.
strings bring back to
sprinkled over temporal plane.
thrust upon a solitary grain,
somber horizon wrestling to be undone,
drops of rainwater ebullient won.
Syncopated rhythm increases tempo,
jazzy sawdust timber driving,
leaping unbridled embellishment,
duck before sudden impact – sinews –
weaving agile tributary ambling.
Drama heights dimensions
down through clouds of speculation,
misty particles drop, dissolve.
Savage soul unleashed wild impetuous
untamed dissonance striving ever forward –
manifest particles curling off elliptically:
Ralph Vaughan Williams – Five Variants of “Dives and Lazarus” (1939)
Gentle fields thy wait awake,
and though thou do not share mutual outlook,
I observe thy beauty in a vacuum,
not affecting nor disturbing gentle radiance.
Relay and imbue said pastoral scene –
it belongs to all of us who observe
significance, it is not necessary.
Sweeping gusts of vibrant strings
spew forth multiple threads of intertwining vines;
solo violin echos on reflections below
passing streams of conscientiousness,
building, joining connected thoughts,
back and forth – hymnal harmony hyperbolic henceforth,
rejuvenating souls no longer lost.
Linger three lines in trio reverberating theme,
echos of plenitude,
joining breeze to slice journey’s end.