Saturday, November 15, 2014

Love In The Time Of Melancholy



my heart shatters
at the pitch of you

jagged shards of F sharp blues
a melancholy chord
soul bound strung

in words
    in notes
        it's all the same

innuendos instrumental
in the rhythm of blame
crescendo's dulcet irony

your feet rumble a beat
of lock stock and barrel
in a distant key
 
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46 comments:

  1. I love this...what an ingenious use of musical terms...those two lines are amazing and the insinuations inherent within the 'distant key'--the double meanings...brilliant.

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  2. I love the use of the musical language in this and the way you brought a musicality as well. Excellent!

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    1. Thanks Hannah, not quite sure how this one came about but it was a fun write.

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  3. Wonderful! I also enjoyed the musical metaphors in this one.
    http://poetryofthenetherworld.blogspot.com/2014/11/love-in-time-of-pain.html

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  4. What a great use of the music metaphor. How well it work even in melancholy... (Normally I would expect the metaphor will work with harmony)

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    1. Thanks Bjorn . . . got to love metaphors and of course I had to go the melancholy route.

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  5. the melancholy chord touches the heart deeply...musical terms brilliantly set...a great poetic experience...





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    1. Thank you Sumana . . . the musical theme popped into my head and I ran with it.

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  6. You use "time" here in such a wonderful way--both as the time in which this happens, and the time of the music that you use as metaphor. I felt the poem got even stronger as it moved along, the "rhythm of blame" an especially compelling phrase. Thanks. k.

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    1. Thanks for such a great comment, really appreciate it.

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  7. What is it about music that gives the perfect tone for the scene - romantic, dark, broken, gasping? the musician (like the poet) always seems to know...

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  8. Music is the soul of love. Well done.

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  9. Lovely musical imagery in your words. Words and notes have so much in common.

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    1. Thanks Mary . . . words and notes seemed interchangeable when I wrote this.

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  10. I am not a musical person, in that I can play no musical instrument, but your imagery speaks to me all the same.

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    1. I used to be play music when I was a kid but not any more. Wish I'd kept it up. Glad it spoke to you on some level.

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  11. nice... being a musician i of course love your use of musical terms to set the mood for the poem...

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  12. Such an original piece, Kathryn. Your metaphor is excellent and expressed with a minimalist approach for maximum impact.

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    1. Thanks Kerry I love playing with metaphors. Not sure where the music theme came from but I decided to run with it. :)

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  13. "innuendos instrumental". *says it five times just for fun.*

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  14. I like "innuendos instrumental" too.....this is a very clever write.

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  15. You got me with that F sharp blues. Beautiful line. Thanks.

    Greetings from London.

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  16. WOW Kathryn...so lyrical and musical...'my heart shatters at the pitch of you'

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  17. I loved this, Kathryn. We do seem to stumble and fall about in our relationships. Marrying it to music is brilliant.

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  18. A musically inclined write is a whiff of freshness from the usual poetry. Loving expressions in times of melancholy can invoke lots of empathy to sustain feelings. Excellent write Kathryn!

    Hank

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  19. i can hear the sound... as it fades and as another note is played. this got a rhythm

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  20. Kathryn, please contact me on theimaginarygarden@gmail.com regarding a request made to Real Toads via facebook.

    Kerry

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  21. loved the use of musical terms in the poem. enjoyed it. especially "jagged shards of F sharp blues". Ouch! :)

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  22. Love it so much, Kathryn! esp. 'jagged shards', 'crescendo's dulcet irony' ~ very cool, you got blues soul...nice when music reflects the spirit....thanks, I enjoyed this writing x

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  23. I too love the musical terms and the ending is just melody of melancholy ~ Hope you are keeping warm Kathryn ~

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  24. You can certainly write the blues...love it.

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  25. I feel the emotion, I love it.

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  26. i love how the feelings are interlaced with the sound of music. amazing!

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  27. Such chaos! When love is in a sad place... ♥

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