Poems inspired by Classical Pieces

I have been invited to write a poem or story inspired by a classical piece and to have a talk with the audience about the poem before the piece is performed at an orchestra concert in February. Below is a video an orchestra playing “Bob Mintzer – Rhythm of the Americas I.”

Below is the poem inspired by Bob Mintzer – Rhythm of the Americas I

The American Moth Story By Shelly Bell

i cocoon burst;
furry body brown into winged pranced night flight;
daisies project yellow skylights;
clouds reflect pixie dust stepping-stones,
the ladybugs line up like red carpet.

IT’S SHOWTIME!

my feathery antennas paint silly faces on the moon.
no more creeping,
no more crawling,
no more slinky caterpillar stalling.

i feel a mountain top away from the ground;
gulping the wind,
colorless and flat winged by birthright.
iย am sister to beauty at first flap.
look at me now worms!
I AM FLOATING!

humans shake their empty heads saying “you’re no butterfly!
i flutter around their swatting egos.
Mama says:
“never envy what you’re not,
humans just wish they could fly.
hold your wings up high,
for your ancestors have existed 100 million years longer than beauty.”

everything man-made is subject to man’s break.
her pride smiles me into faith,
flight makes me kin to eagles.
bring me the world and I will soar right through it.
I carry the beat in my wings,
a bouquet of saxophones in my heart,
and belief in a God that knows how to orchestrate freedom.

Be at the concert for the poem talk! Visit the Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic Association website for info.ย http://www.wmpamusic.org/html/performances/phil.html

Pura Vida,
Shelly Bell

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