Serious Seasonal Meditation


GloPoWriMo Day 29
Today, I’d like to challenge you to blend these concepts into your own work, by producing a poem that meditates, from a position of tranquillity, on an emotion you have felt powerfully.

How sad, indeed, that when I go
To set, in writing, things profound,
I find that soon, before I know,
I will depart from serious ground,
Descending into levity,
And playing games with the absurd,
And finding punishment to see
In almost every second word.

I write of spring, and then I get
Instead of budding leaves and things,
The kind of spring that makes you wet,
Or makes you fly with pogo-wings;
With summer I will speculate
If it is done summer the time,
What may the rest give as a fate?
The fete provides arrest in rhyme?

And autumn comes, the leaves now fall
I autumn keep upon that track,
Instead, alas, with fall and all,
To levity I still go back
With winter, autumn fall behind,
I should now think of ice and snow,
But all too soon instead I find
That win, ter stay ahead, I go;

And when I should of seasons think,
I say one should see daughters, too,
And when of hibernation, blink,
For lowbernation should ensue,
No, with regret I must corn clued
A maize zing writing I can’t do,
For I would start a feud on food . . .
Oh, someone else, complete this, do!

© April 2019 Colonialist

And now, to take the ridiculous to the sublime, a rendering of Massenet’s ‘Meditation from Thais’. I regard this as one of the loveliest melodies ever written. It never fails to move me.

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About colonialist

Active septic geranium who plays with words writing fantasy novels and professionally editing, with notes writing classical music, and with riding a mountain bike, horses and dinghies. Recently Indie Publishing has been added to this list.
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15 Responses to Serious Seasonal Meditation

  1. Love that music but in this, the piano dominates, it’s too loud, I can barely hear the violin

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  2. Debra says:

    Beautiful, Leslie. Your wonderfully composed piece is indeed special. You met the challenge and then some!

    Like

  3. You just couldn’t help yourself 🙂 Well done, though. Wonderful music

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  4. Calmgrove says:

    Such an insightful piece and, in its way, quite emotional: it reveals a lot about you and I speculate whether your usual recourse to levity is a kneejerk reaction to things that may move or upset you—as though you were worried about revealing a deeply sensitive side of yourself, to yourself as much as others. I say all this cod psychology only because I recognise it in myself.

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  5. Sue W says:

    A wistfulness – what was once and can be no more. That’s the way I read it. Massenet’s Meditation is beautiful and never fails to bring a tear.

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