21 nights

photoart& poem ~©2018 ~Laura Granby


“What beauty in this the darkest music
over which you can hear the lightest music of human behavior,
the tender connection between men and galaxies”

Jim Harrison

a little night music is serenade
even coming from the darkest hours, not leaden
nor laden with disturbance of discordancy
such that a horrid dream’s hiatus brings
albeit welcome, the interruption leaves us holding back
we must relay the ghost in a series of replays
dodecaphonic demons of the Id are not for our ears
broadcast them across the galaxies perhaps
another’s planetary night might just sound thus
meanwhile God gifted moonlit moods to Nocturnes
to the small hands of a virtuoso pianist
hesitant as broken chords, breathy to the last

Opening lines reference to Mozart’s Eine kleine Nachtmusik
Dodecaphonic – the hard to hear twelve-note composition of Schoenberg
Chopin wrote 21 Nocturnes – listen

Joining in with Jilly’s prompts from Jim Harrison Day 7 of 28 Days of Unreality

13 thoughts on “21 nights

  1. “dodecaphonic demons ” — huge points for that. Just hanging out here exploring and walking the tesseract of sound you unleashed.

    1. huge thanks and touché with tessarect (yes I did need to look it up!)

  2. Gee, I feel like the country cousin here… great musical poem! I had to look up both words (yours and qbit’s). Your poem imparts the beauty of the nocturne — words as well chosen as the notes and progressions of the finest compositions. (There. I’ve exhausted my vocabulary.) 🙂

    1. I see no hayseed in your words Charley – always some sparkling notes of flair

      1. Many thanks, M’lady! (used to watch Errol Flynn movies… oh, and The Thin Man movies. You learn a few things about etiquette there.)

    1. thank you I listened to Chopin’s Nocturnes whilst composing

  3. Oh! You had me at “eine kleine nachtmusik ” – love that! And Demons of the Id – what a great line, in the realm of ‘wish I’d thought of that’! This is beautiful, what you have done with the blending of Chopin and the vastness of both inner and outer spaces and places. A work of art, Laura!

    1. Such a generous comment Jilly – thank you for your encouragement and for hosting Harrison

  4. I like what you did here, Laura, contrasting the ‘music of the spheres’ with our own efforts, those that take us somewhere like the Chopin, Beethoven, Mozart, and the discordant contributions that for the vast majority of us, take us nowhere at all.

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