Daniel Brick

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A Poetic Reverie Inspired By Music, Part Two - Poem by Daniel Brick

Symphony No.8 by Anton Bruckner

III. Adagio. Feierlich langsam, doch nicht schleppend
The Dweller in the House

There is only one who dwells
in this house, and he often
feels he and the house are one being.
The builder made a complicated arrangement
with this dweller, and then left permanently
for other unknowable measures. Are you surprised
the dweller moves very slowly? Even his thoughts
move slowly within his consciousness and often
cluster together into a veritable symphony of
integrated musings. The dweller wakes up
in the early morning light and feels the light
permeate his body and ignite his mind. His soul
rejoices. He walks the length of each of his
three floors. He pauses at each window, leans
forward and looks out into the park at the hedges,
the exotic trees, and the twelve flower beds.
As he looks over these green growing things,
the dweller senses something slowly, regularly
rising within himself: he smells a smiling aroma
of roses and breathes deeply and continues breathing
deeply. He is stunned by the brightness of green
tree leaves, and the hedges seem to be dancing
their own version of a minuet accompanied by
the South Wind. Each window in turn excites
these emotions, then they are quiet as he seeks
the next window and the next uplift, until
he reaches the attic, with its one stained glass
window through which tri-colored pours over him.
He is both warmed and illumined, cries out
in an ecstasy of long-postponed joy. He knows
his being is suffused with all available light
and warmth. In a few moments a great calm has absorbed
all this energy and all things are blessed, blessed, blessed.

Topic(s) of this poem: journey, music, myth

Comments about A Poetic Reverie Inspired By Music, Part Two by Daniel Brick

  • Paul Amrod (10/29/2016 3:44:00 PM)

    Hi Daniel, I have been thinking it is high time to have enjoyed a marvelous verse of yours. What a pleasant crescendo of emotional fury. You picked beautiful imagery and colorful fanstasy that I truly raveled in. Hope the stars are shining without any inhibitions or second guessing. Great verse. I love the way it truly builds like Anton from Linz. Bravo, Paul (Report) Reply

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  • Pamela Sinicrope (10/20/2016 11:13:00 AM)

    As you know, we both sat through this amazing performance. Bruckner's 8th was a literal POWERHOUSE! I love how you write about travelling up the floors, because that is truly how his music is....it travels the range of frequencies, notes, and instruments, with the low brass as the foundation. This is a favorite. I would go on and on, but am about to go...will return again to read and re-read this one. (Report) Reply

  • Bisy Untan (10/19/2016 9:36:00 PM)

    Loneliness mixed with beauty! Thank you for sharing these wonderful lines! (Report) Reply

  • Chinedu Dike (10/19/2016 7:53:00 PM)

    A delicious blend of peace and contentment keenly served in beautiful diction, which marvels the reader - leaving the person with an enigma to ponder. A childbirth of profundity elegantly brought forth with conviction. A lovely poem indeed. Kudos! And do remain blessed my friend. Please read my poem POETIC MASTERPIECE. (Report) Reply

  • Kumarmani Mahakul (10/19/2016 3:00:00 PM)

    All things are blessed, blessed and blessed. Congratulations sir for seeing your poem as the poem of the day. This is interesting definitely.10 (Report) Reply

  • Fabrizio Frosini (10/19/2016 2:29:00 PM)

    ''Onore al merito! '', we say..
    Onore al merito [= honor is due] 👍🙂
    Indeed, there are many, many poems of yours that should be appointed as Poem of the Day. So you see, after two years of no recognition, as you say, PH has acted in the right way 😇
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  • Dipankar Sadhukhan (10/19/2016 12:00:00 PM)

    A master piece.... ++++++++++10 (Report) Reply

  • Seamus O' Brian (10/19/2016 11:45:00 AM)

    What a lovely meditation served up as the Poem of the Day. I, too, examined the various floors and windows of this piece as you gently narrated our tour of this home, and so enjoyed every step. Some days, I, too, find that uppermost floor amidst the bustle of all that transpires below- that distinct, ethereal light that washes over and makes all things mundane divine.
    Thank you, Daniel, for enriching our day with this lovely piece.
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  • Bharati Nayak (10/19/2016 10:25:00 AM)

    There is only one who dwells
    in this house, and he often
    feels he and the house are one being.- - - - - - -A thought provoking poem having many layers of meaning.
    Congratulations for Poem of the Day.
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    Daniel Brick Daniel Brick (10/19/2016 11:39:00 AM)

    Thank you, Bharati. It was important to me to write that poem, celebrating the connection between music and poetry, I'm glad it has inspired readers like you.

  • Ramesh T A (10/19/2016 9:06:00 AM)

    Blessed Life
    He lives a blessed life enjoying the beauty of Nature climbing each floor of the house! It gives a vicarious pleasure to walk along with him till he reaches the floor to be blessed with the stained glass light over us as if in heaven at last! (Report) Reply

  • Mohammed Asim Nehal (10/19/2016 4:18:00 AM)

    Classic poem......Congrats
    The metaphor for human body and life by the way we build our houses is fantastic, we see the complications after completion just imagine when God made our body and gave shape to it by accommodating all necessary and required systems how it must have happened......A thought provoking poem...In the end the body is left to the user to use they way he wants and in the end we all will be accountable for using/misusing it. (Report) Reply

    Daniel Brick Daniel Brick (10/19/2016 5:02:00 AM)

    Your comment shows your profound thinking triggered by reading my poem. Your comment extends the range of my poem beyond its finite limits. And that is a wonderful result of your reading.

  • Cigeng Zhang (10/19/2016 3:51:00 AM)

    This poem itself, like a beautiful adagio, was softly told.I felt a kind of peaceful beauty in your writing.Congrats to you for the Poem of the Day! (Report) Reply

    Daniel Brick Daniel Brick (10/19/2016 4:35:00 AM)

    Thanks for your sensitive comment, Cigeng. Your words show the heart of this poem: beautiful, softly, praceful. I'm very happy with our mutual reading and commenting on each other's poems

    Daniel Brick Daniel Brick (10/19/2016 4:18:00 AM)

    Thank you, Cigeng. I treasure your appreciation expressed in your apt words: beautiful, softly, peaceful.
    I love to read your responses to my poems, so personal, so heart-felt.

  • Pranab K Chakraborty (10/19/2016 2:26:00 AM)

    Even his thoughts
    move slowly within his consciousness and often
    cluster together into a veritable symphony of
    integrated musings............................................................. Just try to feel the dwelling house and the dweller! Thanks.
    (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (10/19/2016 1:52:00 AM)

    To ignite his mind! Thanks for sharing this poem with us. (Report) Reply

    Daniel Brick Daniel Brick (10/19/2016 4:54:00 AM)

    Thanks much for your encouragement. I often read your wonderful comments to poets at Poemhunter, Your insights and enthusiasm are so supportive and encouraging.

  • Kim Barney (10/19/2016 1:25:00 AM)

    An epic masterpiece!
    Daniel, this creation is a classic. What a wonderful job you have done with this! Congrats on having it selected as poem of the day! (Report) Reply

    Daniel Brick Daniel Brick (10/19/2016 8:37:00 AM)

    WOW, Kim, such a stunning comment. Epic, Masterpiece, Classic are not the words I expect my work to
    bring forth. I appreciate your confidence in my efforts. The concert that inspired this poem was conducted by the Conductor Emeritus of the Minnesota Orchestra who just turned 93 last month! ! He stood for 88 minutes without a break bringing forth his beloved Bruckner's music for our delight.

  • Robert Murray Smith (10/19/2016 12:39:00 AM)

    Daniel, a very fine poem reread by me, is a delight. Music inspires reverie as it did with this poem. As the music moves along so does the dweller through its various stages. Finally, the ecstasy, and reverie combine in a crescendo of bathed light.10

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    Daniel Brick Daniel Brick (10/19/2016 4:12:00 AM)

    Thanks for your fine overview of the poem. You grasp the whole poem, and i love your final sentence:
    THE ECSTASY AND REVERIE COMBINE IN A CRESCENDO OF BATHED LIGHT. That is the music and the poem wonderfully expressed in words, Robert!

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Poem Edited: Thursday, October 13, 2016

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