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Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012 04:57 pm

musicpoem #21

musicpoem #21

thinking about great moments I was
a timid college kid out of my depth at
tanglewood the famous music camp
koussevitzky ambled the paths like a
window shopper I could spot from a
distance take cover from any wild eyed
fledgling composer frantically seeking
a cellist to fill out his quartet I couldn’t
play a measure of his impossible scrawls
one evening we students sat on blankets
far back on the lawn paying patrons were
seated close to  the boston symphony tuning
in the shell small shaded lights on their
stands the concert began just then the power
went off everyone waited stirred no lights
returned the young lucas foss at the piano
began to play the crowd stilled on and on
into the night we heard bach beethoven
chopin rachmaninoff liszt every well-known
concerto every note from foss’s memory
not a murmur from thousands of listeners
overhead total black made brilliant by the
gleaming lights of celestial music stands it was
harmony of the spheres if there is a heaven I
thought there will be a corner in it like this

2012 Jacqueline Jackson

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