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Music of A Human Life

This is a poem written as part of a photo challenge from my WordPress friend, Charles Martin. He sent this photo and asked me to write a poem to go with it.

He surveys his life fondly

From a distance, he reflects

Wondering at the music

All the mistakes

The joy and the pain

Blend into such a marvelous symphony

Listen to the lilting flute

That tells the tale of carefree youth

And hear the cello’s solemn resound

Rich strings of compassion tying all together

The violins of romance

Take a turn about

Flavoring the music with rich beauty and grace

Then anguish takes its turn

With crashing timpani

The orchestra breathes a sighing breath

And starts again

High and sweet

The piccolo sings of art and magic

Brassy bold the trumpets blare

Of manly glory and pride

Then once again the cello

Comes out to very front

And leads us all

To a place of gentle aged grace


About ReallyDoComeTrue

My name is Toni and I was raised on a farm in the far north of the United States. I love to read and write and I hope to use those hobbies in a greater way in the days to come. One of my passions is using whatever influence I have to make a difference in the world.

6 responses to “Music of A Human Life

  1. Pingback: Challenge Poem Response from Toni Cross… « Read Between the Minds

  2. @dam

    It’s very nice what you’ve done here, the symphony metaphors work brilliantly.
    Great Idea!
    Respect and Peace!

  3. Tel ⋅

    So glad slpmartin provided the link to this! It’s beautiful. Reminds me of a Harriet Beacher Stowe quote:

    “So well is the harp of human feeling strung, that nothing but a crash that breaks every string can wholly mar its harmony; and, on looking back to seasons which in review appear to us as those of deprivation and trial, we can remember that each hour…brought its diversions and alleviations, so that, though not happy wholly, we were not, either, wholly miserable.”

  4. deep feelings in each stroke of the strings. bravo 🙂

  5. Such a beautiful orchestra of feeling in this piece…just lovely…came here by way of slpmartin…so glad I did. heartspell

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