Music Transitions

in the depths
violins and cellos
, two beloved instructors
turn the
—–departure of
to end
and Art
the end.
call to
—–a complex
a different

Photo by Vernon Bankard

This is a different type of poem in that none of the words are my own.  They are all taken from an article written by Rebekah Taft for my school’s newspaper which you can find here.   Unfortunately I lost my print copy which showed the blackout method–I kept the words and punctuation in the same order I found them, and tried to keep the same look as the article.  (The online article has much different spacing and arrangement than the print article).  If I ever do find it, I will be sure to upload a picture.



14 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. AJ Walker (@ajwalker65)
    Nov 30, 2012 @ 03:33:53

    I like the way this flows after you introduce the two main characters. It’s very musical and fitting to the two instruments of violin and cello.


    • wordcoaster
      Nov 30, 2012 @ 04:00:21

      Thanks! This was an interesting prompt and a huge shift from my normal poetry–I was by no means comfortable in the attempt, but I do like diversity in poetry and think different styles can only improve a poet 🙂


  2. Sabio Lantz
    Nov 30, 2012 @ 06:33:12

    Skinny-lined poem! 😉
    But short and fun. Interesting — thank you. Very cool that it is from the school newspaper. Liked the photo too — also skinny snake sliding down the page.


    • wordcoaster
      Nov 30, 2012 @ 17:22:08

      Haha, I actually thought of your post when I linked this one in; it is (I believe) the only skinny-line poem you will find on my blog. I hope there wasn’t too much scrolling here. 🙂


  3. brian miller
    Nov 30, 2012 @ 07:22:51

    let summer in….a different life….love those bits toward the end there and they play well off each other as were able to come up with a very interesting story….well done….school newspaper….that is awesome….ha…


  4. Anna Montgomery
    Nov 30, 2012 @ 11:37:00

    I really enjoyed that you took your source from a school newspaper. It was fascinating to see my interpretation of the poem and how it was impacted by the source. As a composer I found all your music references appealing and responded emotionally to the ending. Thanks for trying this with us!


    • wordcoaster
      Dec 03, 2012 @ 14:48:53

      Thanks, Anna! This was a wonderful prompt and I’m glad you saw the musical side of the piece–I’m not very musical myself, but I have a lot of family and friends who have given me a bit of music education over the years. 🙂


  5. jasmine calyx
    Nov 30, 2012 @ 12:19:45

    This is exactly the kind of poetry I love. And you’ve made me want to go back to this WordPress layout. It does make me happy. 🙂

    I adore your poem and will be back in a bit to comment more thoroughly. Fantastic.


    • wordcoaster
      Dec 03, 2012 @ 17:29:22

      Thank you so much–it’s funny, I tend to dislike the skinny-lined poem, but to each his or her own! So glad you enjoyed it, and I do like this layout–wish there were a few more whimsical choices for wordpress themes. But most people want minimalist blogs. Do come back, I love company 🙂


  6. Kim Nelson
    Dec 01, 2012 @ 00:41:29

    Your adherence to original form and punctuation makes this an even more interesting read, thanks to the tone and pacing you create within those confines.


    • wordcoaster
      Dec 03, 2012 @ 17:43:17

      Thank you so much; I wanted to try to find a poem within the article, not make a poem out of words in it. I guess there’s not much of a distinction between the two, but I’m glad you found the form was helpful in creating the tone and pace 🙂


  7. sreeja
    Dec 01, 2012 @ 11:22:00

    this sounds good….the way you wrote…and how it came out….very interesting!


    • wordcoaster
      Dec 03, 2012 @ 17:47:08

      Thank you! I can’t take credit for the writing, nor even the arrangement (for all the words appear in the same order as in the article), but I guess you could call me a good editor 😉


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