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Friday
Oct252013

The friendship between music and poetry....

Today will mark the beginning of the third week of attempting to raise $10, 000 to fund a video of a live performance of three poems. Yes, it sounds exorbitant, doesn't it? I put my pencil to it this week and decided I could do it for $8000, but in two weeks only ten people have responded and about $850 has been raised. There are some promising signs of some larger contributions, but I have to believe that the message I am putting out is not the message I need. And I am reaching out, and asking people and trying to re-think it, and also trying to just get the word out. Working at it. For sure. No doubt I am working at it.

But what occurred to me this morning is that this project is really about getting Music and Poetry together. That is really it.

Can they take a big step forward in their friendship? Well, of course, I know, you know, we all know that music and poetry are friendly. They sometimes get together, but surely not enough, don't you think?

Poetry seems to feel sometimes she can get along pretty well by herself. But then she likes the attention that music brings, when her words are being spoken. And music certainly seems to be able to get along by himself well enough. Of course he often prefers his words to be sung, so that sometimes you can almost not even understand what he is saying, but then he is all about feeling and he is happy to use his exuberance or his melancholy to say what he needs to say. 

Sometimes, though, they get together. They hesitate in front of each other and see something of themselves in the other's eyes. They decide to dance, and everyone watches, amazed. And what you start to realize is that it may not be just a friendship, there may be a true union there. 

I see that, myself. That is what I see. That is why I am trying to do what I am trying to do. I hope you see it, too. 

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