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Dorothy Barth

Horse of Russian Winter

February 11, 2010 at 3:42 AM

Inspired by practicing Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 1, Winter Daydreams.

Horse of Russian Winter
by Dorothea Barth  ©2009
Too soon the mournful tune has passed   
Chromatics trot at fearful pace 
They leap and bolt, evading grasp 
As hands extend, relentless race
Eyes shift to follow notes' escape 
Sideways their orchestral glance
To capture what is not yet lost
And give the music its best chance 
Quite suddenly the sheet transforms 
The notes converge and flow downhill  
And from the snow-swept taiga woods
A horse bursts forth and then stands still
"Behold the Russian winter 
Behold the frozen ground 
Behold the lonely silence 
Behold the hidden sound 
See the Russian winter
Its vastness and its glow 
Dig beneath the Arctic snow
Find sustenance below
Feel the Russian winter
The white cranes have all flown 
Breathe the vapors of what was
In centuries unknown
Hear the Russian winter
The larch tree sighs and pounds 
Enter songful cabin 
Camaraderie abounds
Taste the Russian winter 
And savor now the shchi 
Raise a glass of honeyed  brew 
And bid the winter flee" 
A toss of mane, a storm of hooves
White winter's  horse has fled  
The symphony is surging 
What new themes lie ahead?
My fingers feeling fleeter 
There's no more need to count 
The horse of winter shimmers 
As I embrace the sound 

From Alison Daurio
Posted on February 11, 2010 at 6:06 PM

I really enjoyed this. It's so nice to see beautiful poetry retain its traditional form :)

From Marsha Weaver
Posted on February 12, 2010 at 4:58 PM

Excellent!!  You have a real gift.  Thank you for sharing it -- please submit more as you have time.

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