Treasure Island

Sandra Fowler

(February,4,1937 / W. Columbia, WV, USA)

Gray Music

You wrote your Yiddish signature in rain.
I could not match it in a thousand years.
Old words are classic to my memory.
Because of you, my feet have wings this day.

Gray music paints a picture of rare worth,
A Slavic image of an April mood,
Breaching the barrier of your last breath,
I should not wonder, Friend, you said it would.

'For a poet who was born in April and died in April'.

Copyright,2009, Sandra Fowler

Submitted: Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Edited: Friday, August 14, 2009

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  • Indira Renganathan (7/22/2009 8:10:00 AM)

    The title is very much suitable and the rest..superb...a very good hearty tribute to your poet friend..regards-Indira Renganathan (Report) Reply

  • Yoonoos Peerbocus (7/9/2009 12:10:00 AM)

    music has no life of its own........but moon like shows light when sun is absent.....its source is shere awareness......meaningful (Report) Reply

  • Luis Gil (5/17/2009 2:56:00 PM)

    Music is spirit preserved for eternity. The color of slavic music, their words are in their music. (Report) Reply

  • S. A. S. (5/16/2009 3:05:00 AM)

    I don't know if the poem completely fleshes out the first two lines of the first stanza. I love those two lines: 'You wrote your Yiddish signature in rain./ I could not match it in a thousand years.' (Report) Reply

  • Rebel Heart (5/11/2009 11:14:00 AM)

    Enduring images in this beautiful tribute to a close friend...'Gray Music' that resonates well after the reader has left the page...lovely Sandra. (Report) Reply

  • Saadat Tahir (5/10/2009 12:31:00 AM)

    its actually very good sandra..
    im sure the first one im doing is not goona be the last

    what an ode to great memories vaulted in the chest...with them the essence of life and be expressed rhyme...phenomenal
    cheers...its a tenner (Report) Reply

  • Jasbir Chatterjee (5/9/2009 9:03:00 PM)

    Lovely poem! Life never ends and death is merely a transition. But some people leave behind indelible memories, making them immortal... (Report) Reply

  • Mary Naylor (5/9/2009 1:03:00 PM)

    Beautifully spoken words of mourning for a friend whose memory will always bring joy to your life. I'm so sorry for your loss but I am happy you celebrate the joy of the memories he/she left with you and that will always remain with you. (Report) Reply

  • Leonard Daranjo (5/6/2009 7:09:00 AM)

    A beautiful tribute to a friend. The flesh may be mortal but words such as these will live beyond the grave.

    Leonard (Report) Reply

  • Muhammad Ali (5/5/2009 10:21:00 AM)

    Amazing and beautiful....... full of soft poetic values... nice work Fowler
    10.. Ali (Report) Reply

  • Will Barber (5/1/2009 7:46:00 PM)

    This is a beautiful tribute to your great friend. Such friendships never fade into silver, but are eternally gold. It is our bodies which fade, but memories ever gain resonance as we go forward.

    'The past, ' said Faulkner, 'is not over; it's not even past.'

    So it is with your loving relationship with your dear friend, Mr. Katz, and so may it be with all dear friendships. - Will (Report) Reply

  • Dr Hitesh Sheth (5/1/2009 12:45:00 PM)

    Old words are classic to my memory.
    Because of you, my feet have wings this day..............A beautiful tribute to the wondeful friend..............A Good Write.......... (Report) Reply

  • Naseer Ahmed Nasir (5/1/2009 9:14:00 AM)

    No doubt that your gray music paints picture but this poem is a sad word painting with a true Slavic touch, Sandra. I guess your friend was a Russian, a Bulgarian or a Polish. Yiddish is a jewish language based on German having the influence of Hebrew, Aramaic and some other Slavonic languages. ' You wrote your Yiddish signature in rain ' is such a beautiful opening line that it provides a strong thematic substructure to the poem. One feels a great deal of respect for you and for your deceased friend. Thanks for sharing this fine piece of poetry of your own style and diction.

    Best Regards
    Naseer (Report) Reply

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