Mark Strand

Rookie (Prince Edward Island, Canada)

The Everyday Enchantment Of Music - Poem by Mark Strand

A rough sound was polished until it became
a smoother sound, which was polished until
it became music.
Then the music was polished until
it became the memory of a night in Venice
when tears of the sea fell from the Bridge of Sighs,
which in turn was polished until it ceased
to be and in its place stood the empty home
of a heart in trouble.
Then suddenly there was sun and the music came back
and traffic was moving and off in the distance,
at the edge of the city, a long line of clouds appeared,
and there was thunder, which, however menacing,
would become music, and the memory of what happened after
Venice would begin, and what happened
after the home of the troubled heart broke in two would also begin.


Comments about The Everyday Enchantment Of Music by Mark Strand

  • Ernest GilbertErnest Gilbert (1/8/2019 8:52:00 PM)

    I just love this poem its rhythms remind me of the figure in my mind of music always swirling and constantly turning back onto and into itself, then out again, air and water, air and water: like Roethke's boy, maybe he'll come back as a dolphin or a lion. (Report)Reply

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  • Prabir GayenPrabir Gayen (12/20/2018 11:53:00 PM)

    Very deep thoughtful poem.. Enjoyed it very much (Report)Reply

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  • Faith (12/20/2018 9:54:00 PM)

    I like you do you want to be my boyfriend? (Report)Reply

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  • Anil Kumar PandaAnil Kumar Panda (12/20/2018 8:34:00 AM)

    Very nice poem. Enjoyed thoroughly.Thanks for sharing. (Report)Reply

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  • Mohammed Asim Nehal (12/20/2018 3:37:00 AM)

    Inspiring poem, A fantastic write.10 (Report)Reply

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  • Mahtab BangaleeMahtab Bangalee (12/20/2018 3:29:00 AM)

    beautiful poem penned you are
    //pure mind can hear the enchantment music of nature and pitiable scream of oppressed world
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  • Bernard F. AsuncionBernard F. Asuncion (12/23/2016 12:22:00 AM)

    well-written........ Congrats on being selected....+++++++++++++++++++++++++ (Report)Reply

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  • Bharati NayakBharati Nayak (12/22/2016 9:07:00 PM)

    A rough sound was polished until it became
    a smoother sound, which was polished until
    it became music.
    Then the music was polished until
    it became the memory of a night in Venice
    when tears of the sea fell from the Bridge of Sighs,
    which in turn was polished until it ceased
    to be and in its place stood the empty home
    of a heart in trouble.
    - - - - - - - - - - -Wow- - - Such a wonderful poem having the power to mend the troubling hearts and creating music from sighs ! ! ! ! Love this poem.
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  • Seamus O BrianSeamus O Brian (12/22/2016 9:25:00 AM)

    Hauntingly beautiful. This is perfection in imagery, suspense, and contemplative progression. Life begins again, even after it seems it could no longer. (Report)Reply

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  • Anil Kumar PandaAnil Kumar Panda (12/22/2016 5:37:00 AM)

    The music is always there in the air. Very nice. Thanks for sharing and congrats. (Report)Reply

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  • Tom Allport (12/22/2016 5:15:00 AM)

    a poem about having patience and what it can lead us to. (Report)Reply

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  • Edward Kofi LouisEdward Kofi Louis (12/22/2016 12:25:00 AM)

    Polished! Thanks for sharing this poem with us. (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, August 28, 2014



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