Trying To Describe The Essence Of Music

As the music
Fills the room,
The beat resounds,
Through the walls
And across the floor.
With each passing moment,
The rhythm
Grows stronger,
Echoing out the door
And into the world beyond.

The river
With it's eternal cheer beckons,
Its waters sparkling
In the light of the sun.
See it flow
Like a breeze,
And for all it's value,
A celebration
Of life
And all its mysteries.

I sought
The echo
In the labyrinthine halls,
Losing myself
In the maze
Of endless possibility.
It is there
That the Lord
Can be found,
Nourishing all
Who come to Him.
Or so I've heard.
But I don't believe in that.

I saw it flow
Like a stream of water
Among the weeds,
Over the earth
And through
The underbrush,
Through the caves,
Winding its way
Through the long walks
That lovers take
In the evening
Through the forest,
Singling a song
Of freedom
In the breeze.
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Written on July 15, 2023

Submitted by JoeStrickland on July 15, 2023

1:04 min read

Quick analysis:

Scheme xxabacxdecx eabfgHaifxa xgaxahxxxxxxx gHeabxixbxaxaxbxxda
Closest metre Iambic dimeter
Characters 940
Words 211
Stanzas 4
Stanza Lengths 11, 11, 13, 19

Joe Strickland

I'm just a regular, blue collar, working stiff who took an interest in writing poetry many years ago but until recently I haven't had a desire to share any with anyone or pursue publication. I'm an unpublished fork lift operator by night, and a day drinker by choice. I can be followed on Twitter @JoeStricklandSC more…

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  • Vixility
    Four stanzas that do an excellent job of describing the essence of music. Very enjoyable read, great selection of words. Curious what you thought about Joyce Macfee's piece: "The Power of Music" ... 
    LikeReply 19 months ago


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