Dónall Dempsey

Veteran Poet - 1,546 Points (15/07/56 / Curragh Camp, Co. Kildare, Eire.)

'A Seahorse Questioning - New Year Poem For Onelia - Poem by Dónall Dempsey

The cellist's hand
waits outside the music

pauses
beside his instrument

like an exotic fish

steadying itself
in the flow of the music

before dashing out
from behind a glowing coral

eagerly snapping up
the little notes that swim by

at his head
his cello bobs

like a seahorse
questioning

all that is
happening

as he tries to enter
the same stream

(despite Heraclitus's advice)

.. twice.
*******
For 3 wonderful nights over Christmas in the Chiesa San Vidal in Venice we watched with delight the cello playing of Nazzareno Balduin of the Interpreti Veneziani. His body transformed itself into the music as he played with such gusto and grace. This poem was written in praise of him in the still moment before he entered a piece...his hand floating in the air...stroking the music and taming it. Even when not playing he was playing! And doing so...so beautifully! So...beautifully!


Comments about 'A Seahorse Questioning - New Year Poem For Onelia by Dónall Dempsey

  • (1/10/2009 6:16:00 AM)

    Ahhhhh perchance to dream.....Nice delivery.
    Liked the little story at the end too.
    Sid
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  • (1/1/2009 5:45:00 PM)

    I'm using my imagination at its most extreme and can almost see this happening. I think you've described the event beautifully. Next time we all meet up please perform this poem, Donall, because you bring words to life so spell-bindingly.

    Fran xxx
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Poem Submitted: Thursday, January 1, 2009

Poem Edited: Friday, January 9, 2009


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