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Solo Session

Posted on 2007.05.09 at 01:55
Current Location: 76023
Current Music: Roland Shaw and His Orchestra - The Return of James Bond
On an empty stage, all alone
Staring out to black
He plucks a single string
And the note carries to the back

He can hear the music in his head
As he slowly begins to play
Coming out close to what's in his head
But not in quite the right way

He improvises, trying hard
To express the theme within
But each shift he makes in melody
Only further compounds the din

Struggling now to contain the sound
And keep the stanzas straight
A semaphore from the audience
A cause to hesitate

Squinting now into the room
A single shadow glimpsed
With someone to play for now
He lifts his heavy instrument

A single note, then a chord
It responds within his hands
Wielding with both strength and grace
Now he understands

Faster now, more certainty
His fingers nimble quick
Sensation flows from rhapsody
A state of elated bliss

Winding down now full of hope
A single person cheers
He hears instead an audience
As his eyes well up with tears

An unexpected variable
Not sought when he began
That elusive accomplishment
Gained by a single set of hands

In all that you do if you do it alone
True joy you'll never obtain
Happiness requires you share your love
Your passions your goals and your pain.


photogoot at 2007-05-09 12:55 (UTC) (Link)
What a powerful statement this poem is. The last verse really strikes a chord with me. The build up to the last verse is very well done; it’s such a tangible way to imagine the truth of the final verse. How interesting that for us, men in particular, that this is such a hard thing to accept. We so often wrap our selves in the confidence that being self sufficient delivers to us. Our drive to achieve is just that, our seeking confidence, and if we focus on the goals which lead to achievement we will be happy. When we truly have grown as men is when we can really listen to that note of achievement echoing off an empty concert hall wall; Then to hear that our achievement is a hollow note if we do not accept we need to share the accomplishment and the journey to it with others.

It’s the only way any of what we do has meaning…… My compliments to the author!
ehowton at 2007-05-11 02:14 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks. The last two poems I've posted were a double-entendre for masturbation. Its an art form I've been working on (the double-entendre, not the other...)
galinda822 at 2007-05-10 01:32 (UTC) (Link)
In all that you do if you do it alone
True joy you'll never obtain
Happiness requires you share your love
Your passions your goals and your pain.

So, so true! These are words hit close to home for me!
ehowton at 2007-05-11 02:15 (UTC) (Link)
They hit close to home with all of us. Being married is not mutually exclusive to having someone to share these things with.
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2007-05-10 04:05 (UTC) (Link)
Why is it so hard to get resolution on things which we have no control over?
ehowton at 2007-05-11 02:16 (UTC) (Link)
Why is it so hard to understand things we don't understand?
drax0r at 2007-05-10 04:41 (UTC) (Link)
You perverse bastard. We all whack our junk from time to time. Most of us don't feel the need to post about it.
ehowton at 2007-05-11 02:16 (UTC) (Link)
Some people smear their own fecal matter on canvas and call it art.
dreamkatch at 2007-05-11 01:55 (UTC) (Link)
COMPLETELY off topic....but yeah. I got the hot sauce!!! It's AWESOME!!!!! Dan has been raving about the stuff and putting it on everything possible! He wants to know where we can get a case of it.

ehowton at 2007-05-11 02:11 (UTC) (Link)
Sorry it took me so long to get it to you! Here's where I got my case: http://cholulastore.com/SearchResult.aspx?CategoryID=3 <-- of course its on the table of every restaurant in Texas. If you need to, send it to me and I'll re-mail it to Canada:

2608 Ashley
Anna, TX 75409

Glad you & Dan enjoyed it! (Also glad it got you to at least come out of retirement and comment!)
snapper521 at 2007-05-11 18:23 (UTC) (Link)
Hi --

You look tired in that icon. Were you?
ehowton at 2007-05-11 18:31 (UTC) (Link)
I'm always tired.
photogoot at 2007-05-11 18:30 (UTC) (Link)
Hi --

You look hungry in that icon. Were you?
ehowton at 2007-05-11 18:41 (UTC) (Link)
Those are fat little pigs on a yellow silk tie...what do you think?
ehowton at 2007-05-11 18:42 (UTC) (Link)
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