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A Deaf Musician


As though a deaf musician, I am part
Of some great orchestra I cannot hear.
The only notes that fall upon my ear
Are those which rise unbidden from the heart
And offer teasing glimpses of the art
Of harmony. Yet have I heard, in clear,
Still moments of perception, what appear
As distant drum-beats; pulses that impart
A rhythm to the cosmic melody.
Then, with a quick'ning joy, I see that I
Am moving to creation's symphony.
As birds that wheel and dart across the sky
To secret music, so it seems that we
Can sometimes see the patterns as we fly.

Submitted: Saturday, August 05, 2006
Edited: Monday, August 23, 2010

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  • Rookie - 393 Points Michelle Claus (9/16/2014 11:54:00 AM)

    Lovely form
    Taps into that sparkling mystical realm in which Rumi whirled and whirled.
    Thank you for this beautiful poem. (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 1,353 Points Kay Staley (9/16/2014 9:30:00 AM)

    Not that great. The rhyme scheme is distracting and takes away from what the poem is supposed to be about....whatever that is...I couldnt quite grasp it myself. Its to formal, not enough emotion; lackadaisical and full of undeveloped whims. I did not enjoy it. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 27 Points Cassandra Jasmine (9/17/2013 6:58:00 PM)

    Indeed, this poem reminds me of one of the greatest musicians that ever lived: Ludwig van Beethoven.
    Heartfelt, descriptive, and beautiful; a poem that deserves a ten! . (Report) Reply

  • Rookie D H (9/28/2012 7:30:00 PM)

    Nice structure, and tone to describe the surroundings and sounds that are thought to be heard by the deaf narrator. (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 2,493 Points Pranab K Chakraborty (9/16/2012 6:56:00 AM)

    ...The only notes that fall upon my ear
    Are those which rise unbidden from the heart
    And offer teasing glimpses of the art
    Of harmony....

    Magnificent. No words more it need to intensify the thirst of beauty. Penetrative.............................Pranab k c 10 (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 841 Points Unwritten Soul (9/16/2012 2:35:00 AM)

    Very pleasant to hear that, anyway Beethoven in his last life had hearing problem but still able to create a masterpiece work, if we know how our love on work is...a pure interest i mean we still capable to make it works well...just a true determination will determine the quality of our result_Soul (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Ian Fraser (9/16/2011 10:51:00 PM)

    To quote Dr Johnson. 'You poem is both good and original. Unfortunately the parts that are good are not original and the parts that are original are not good. ' Did you think we wouldn't spot Wordsworth....; -) ? (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 3 Points David Beckham (8/1/2010 6:06:00 PM)

    Very beautiful sonnet. Shakespeare will be proud of this. The rhyme scheme is just perfect. The opening stanza draws you in and before long, you are tapping our feet to the rhythm. Well done (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 2 Points Abhinav Baruah (3/6/2010 7:37:00 PM)

    Oh! .. Its reminds me the last symphony of Beethoven.. Great work!

    Thank you for sharing

    Abhinav Baruah (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 261 Points Adeline Foster (2/9/2010 12:50:00 PM)

    Mary Spain
    An especially beautiful sonnet. I do appreciate it so. Invite you to read my Sonnet Beyond Love.
    Adeline (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Dick Badian (11/13/2009 3:47:00 AM)

    as a hearing musician I realy love this piece of art....you're added in my favs

    beautifullllll poem

    kind regards
    Dick (Report) Reply

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