One Voice, Speaking Without a Mouth

To play with an orchestra is to surrender control
and to let your hands move
as they know how.

You must learn how to become
the person sitting beside you
and to bend, like the grass,

to the music that moves you.

The flutes with their birdsong
and the cellos with their cathedral chords
have much to teach us

about the simple strings and buttons that,
when touched, stand tall
and speak for themselves.


2 thoughts on “One Voice, Speaking Without a Mouth

  1. This captures the magic, mystery, and synthesis of the orchestra. I played in a symphony in college, and there is really nothing in this world like being submerged in great music and letting the voices “speak for themselves.” Lovely poem.

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