Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Piano

"Sit. And think." - Auguste Rodin

So sit and think
imagine voices, once calm and strong
but for now just calm
forgotten history fading into mechanical choir
the keys are there
turn them, tune them
open the door and play
say what wants to be said through the confident tapping of fingers
and wrists willing to adapt
in the absence of direction, follow the song
derailed train of thought righted by the composition of another
in a moment that is completely yours
confidence crescendos
and little is as satisfying as something new
even off key, the song remains subjective
perfect in the mind of performer
a ballet of fingertips on floors of ebony and ivory
a canvas of eighty-eight colors
art and life confused by their own reflections
but the melody continues
and though the right hand leads the way
there's harmony in the left
a life of violent quiet can't help but enjoy the sound
in the dark, fingers don't mind
in this moment, it's just you and the piano
lingering notes soon overshadowed by deafening silence



I'm in a mood. Sue me. And, no, Rodin said no such thing.

22 comments:

  1. Very nice. You captured something there, the feeling of being in the head of someone who just wants to play. I like it.

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  2. This works much better in poetry than in prose. I can appreciate it better this way.

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  3. wow. with wings on this one...great capture of feeling.

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  4. "a canvas of eighty-eight colors
    art and life confused by their own reflections
    but the melody continues"
    Beautiful lines.

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  5. Really Jeff, I am so surprised. This is lovely.

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  6. Awww . . .I've read it before but but I love to watch you play, you should practise more.

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  7. derailed train of thought...
    I like that.

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  8. a ballet of fingertips on floors of ebony and ivory ... just wonderful!

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  9. Jeff Is it true that you are leaving the blogsphere? Please reconsider. I always enjoy reading your work. This piece was a little different and really captures your talent. If you are leaving you really went out on a bang! You will be missed.

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  10. I love "the keys are there, turn them, tune them".

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  11. "In the absence of direction, follow the song." Great advice. A writer could be told to "follow the muse..."

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  12. You captured the language of music .. beautifully.

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  13. Great capture of the feeling by the musician as his/her instrument plays on...

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  14. I really like "life of violent quiet". Soft and harsh at once.

    Envy you that music.

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  15. a ballet of fingertips on floors of ebony and ivory

    Reminds me of Alexandre Tharaud playing...

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  16. A superb rendering of a magical musical piece!

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  17. The was good, a nice musical piece

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