Elegy for the World, Opus 19

Music is the language of the spirit. It opens the secret of life bringing peace, abolishing strife.

Kahlil Gibran

Our world has come to an awkward cadence.
Poco a poco an invisible virtuoso has taken hold.

We are sheltering a-cappella – one or two or a family
without our daily accompaniments.

We long for a melody in this new atonal reality
with its ostinato of rising cases and death tolls.

The daily recitative of politicians and medical professionals
has become an eerie refrain to a mournful dirge.

We lament in unison for those whose requiems are postponed
and hope for an accelerando in recoveries of the stricken.

This poem was inspired by a prompt by Stacey L. Joy on ethicalela.com. They are posting a prompt each day for the month of April in celebration of National Poetry Month. The challenge was to use musical terms in a poem.

6 thoughts on “Elegy for the World, Opus 19

  1. Even if I were not fond of music, I would still be fully taken with your choice of a conceptual conceit. It truly unifies your metaphorical structure, and unification is precisely what your speaker seeks in the midst of what would drive the world apart. Superior verse.

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  2. Your use of musical terms in your poem is very eerily fitting as you reflect on our current reality in light of COVID-19. This phrase, “We are sheltering a-cappella – one or two or a family” made me stop and inhale….how very true that is! I long for a chance to have the music of others with full orchestra added to the song! Thanks for the post.


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