Friday Fictioneers: The Night Shall Be Filled With Music

Posted: October 23, 2013 in Friday Fictioneers, Poetry
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If I could, I would arrange my poem differently, but I’m a hostage to the vagaries of WordPress.  So I beg of you to forgive the formatting and allow yourself to hopefully be swept away into the music of the hundred words.  The particular words grew from an idea based on  Rochelle Wisoff-Fields‘ picture below.

dismantled-keyboardCopyright Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

The Night Shall Be Filled With Music

The music of my soul…
	the quiet vastness of the mountains
	the soothing reiteration of waves playing on the sand
	the vivid flower colors
	the chuckling of the stream
	the endless canopy of stars 
	the stark beauty of the desert
	the play of animals

The music of my mind…
	words dancing on pages 
	creating word and pictures
	birthing joy
	provoking laughter
	coaxing tears
	sharing stories
	stealing into my soul

The music of my heart…
	your yawning morning stumble
	your image on my not-so-smart  phone
	your loving smile
	your hair beneath my hands
	your heart against mine
	your hands playing me

And the night shall be filled with music,
And the cares that infest the day
Shall fold their tents like the Arabs
And as silently steal away.
~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, The Day Is Done

There’s music in the sighing of a reed;
There’s music in the gushing of a rill;
There’s music in all things, if men had ears:
Their earth is but an echo of the spheres.
~Lord Byron

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  1. Sandra says:

    Like you, I sometimes get frustrated at the lack of formatting capability on WordPress, Janet. Several parts of this poem struck a chord with me, specifically the use of the word ‘reiteration’ for the motion of the waves, ‘yawning morning stumble’ and ‘not so smart phone’. Really good terminology. Enjoyed reading this.

    • I’d love to be able to post a poem without having to have the dark background and still have it formatted the way I wrote it. The formatting is correct now, but that background I find annoying. Maybe if I paid to upgrade…At any rate, I’m glad you enjoyed the poem and those three phrases that I particularly liked as well. 🙂


  2. kz says:

    i loved it. it’s filled with a lot of beautiful things 🙂

  3. Tom Poet says:

    Love these lines “The music of my heart…
    your yawning morning stumble
    your image on my not-so-smart phone”

    Nicely done Janet!


  4. Ah music really is in all the best parts of life
    Beautiful poetry Janet to the last note

  5. mike olley says:

    Some great lines here and very clever; the three distinct groups of images work really well, particularly the heart section.

    • I began with just the poem but when I saw that there was starting to be some symmetry, I decided to make the entire poem that way. I’m gratified that you liked it


  6. claireful says:

    It’s all lovely, but that last verse is beautiful. I too love the phrase ‘your image on my not-so-smart phone’.

    • I’m one of the probably few people (or we are two of the probably few) who still have phones that flip open in case we need to be beamed up. However, I will soon succumb to the smart phone craze almost solely for the camera capacity. 🙂 Praise from the praiseworthy is praise indeed.


  7. DCTdesigns says:

    Janet- I love this poem it is chalk full of powerful imagery. I found my mind trying to come of with a playlist, a song for each line.

    As far as WP. I work around the formatting issues by clicking on the text tab in the post. Then I type the html for a space nbsp; where I want a return. Hope that helps.

    • I really shouldn’t have said that the formatting was wrong. I use the “text” part, too. But if I use the preformatted button, the background is always that dark color. The whole thing’s a pain. Why won’t they have it so you can just copy in what you have and everything stays the same?

      Anyway…so glad you liked the poem. Keep working on that playlist. 🙂 We’ll make a CD.


      • DCTdesigns says:

        Your poem is deserving of a playlist. Cd sounds perfect.

        I copy and paste onto the visual tab and then flip to the text side to add spaces. Then I don’t seem to have the dark background problem.

  8. Helena Hann-Basquiat says:

    That’s really lovely, darling. I think that is what the characters in mine long for and cannot grasp.

  9. gingerpoetry says:

    inpiring – poems are in the air .-)I love the rythm of your poem, and the pictures you “paint” with your words are beautiful.
    I also have the problem with formatting in wordpress. I had to correct my post several times until it was okay,
    Liebe Grüße

  10. helenmidgley says:

    Wow, great lines that worked so effortlessly together 🙂

    • Hi, Helen. I appreciate you stopping in and thanks for the compliment. The lines came out fairly effortlessly, too, which is always nice. Didn’t have to do much editing.


  11. Dear Janet,

    My comment has been taken several times over. Overall, I appreciated the unique melody you created in your poem. My inner ear delights in it.



  12. Three things came to mind as I read: Your love of photography, your love of writing, and your love of Bill. You’re a wonderful and wonder-filled lady. Thank you for sharing your love(s) with the world! 🙂

    • You saw through my poem, you clever thing, you. But you forgot my love of travel. 🙂 What lovely things to say! They’re much appreciated and I’m glad my sharing brings joy.


      • I don’t share much photography on my blog, but it’s one of my other passions, too. And of course, I love my husband, though his name isn’t Bill… 🙂 Lately, I’ve felt so blessed by the writing community I’ve found in FF!

      • Good! It’s a good group of people, I think. When I started, my blog was all writing. Then I posting some of my photos and now I’m trying to keep a good balance between the writing and the photos or combining the two into one post.

  13. pattisj says:

    I’m glad you got the formatting to work, it’s a lovely piece, filled with things that make our lives sing.

    • Thanks, Patti. This time it was mostly that background that I found frustrating. There must be some way around that, because I see other poems that don’t have it. I’ve tried using some HTML code, but haven’t gotten the whole thing to work to my satisfaction, so the background is still there. 🙂


  14. vbholmes says:

    Lovely words, Janet, wonderful imagery. Nicely done.

  15. dmmacilroy says:

    Dear Janet,

    The stanza that remains long after the echos of the others has faded is the last, where your love for Bill rings like a soft, clear bell in the garden of your heart.

    Thank you for battling the WordPress demons to get this poem out to us.



  16. What a lovely take on the prompt Janet, very clever.

  17. “Birthing joy,” oh that speaks to me. You’ve done a beautiful job with this one, Janet. Really lovely.

  18. elmowrites says:

    I enjoyed your poem, Janet, and those of the old dead dudes that you added at the end. There is music in everything, including your words.

  19. Hi Janet,
    You have the soul of a poet, and the writing chops too. Lovely, lovely, the way you put these words together. I like the way the poem was organized, and that last part, so passionate. I feel like I know the true you after reading this. Ron

    • I hope that knowing the true me is a good thing, Ron. 🙂 Thanks very much for your comments. I’m glad the poem conveyed at least some of what I wanted to say.


  20. Beautifully written Janet.

  21. Glynis says:

    This was lovely and a beautifully written take on the prompt!

  22. I loved the way your poem has 3 stanzas, each a music of a different sort… like the 3 different kinds of musics (spheres being one of them, but I can’t remember the names of the others). Also loved “the chuckling of a stream”.

    • Soul, mind and heart. I’m glad you liked it, Madison. I enjoy doing poetry and this one came out fairly much as it is now. I know you’re heard streams chucking and it’s such a calming sound. I’d love to someday have an indoor fountain to bring that sound indoors.


      • Yes, yours was soul, mind and heart, but I was referring to the other 3 types and how yours parallels those: the music of instruments, the music of the human body and soul, and the music of the spheres. Have you heard of that before? Your Lord Byron poem (in your footer) touches on it.

        The streams *do* chuckle and odd that I’d never thought of it that way until reading the line in your poem 🙂

      • I have heard that before, Madison, and I thought that’s what you referred to, but send my response before I went back and changed it.

  23. Jan Brown says:

    Absolutely beautiful. I especially loved the imagery of the first verse and the love-infused last.

  24. elappleby says:

    HI Janet.
    Great poetry. I liked ‘birthing joy’ – made me stop and think for a bit which is always a good thing. I’ve missed reading you.

  25. Love, love, love! That is all. 😀

  26. rgayer55 says:

    Dear Janet,
    Music is indeed the noblest of the arts. It can wrap us in melancholy or elevate us to joy. This is a beautiful poem and it lifted my spirit. Now, if I can just figure out how to sing the words to a polka beat . . .

    • I think anything goes with a polka beat, with the likely exception of rap. If nothing else, you can polka around the kitchen while reciting the poem to yourself. 🙂


  27. denmother says:

    How soothing to wake up to this morning. Beautiful words, janet.

  28. draliman says:

    Beautiful! I love how you split it into soul, mind and heart.
    One of my favourite line was “your yawning morning stumble” – it conjures an image of real fondness (and it sounds great if you say it out loud!).

  29. Love the poem.. technically it has all features i love.. alliterations repetitions and a wonderful theme… it seems you get very personal writing it… great write.

  30. “your heart against mine
    your hands playing me”
    I love those two lines together…some memories will never be forgotten.
    Take a look at mine if you haven’t

  31. Delightful.
    Thank you.

  32. Janet, you made every word count and every moment full. It was a pleasure to read! I liked the divisions of soul, mind, and heart and especially like the “stealing into my soul” line. Shivers.

  33. Eena says:

    you are a blessed person to see beauty in all things, large or small. i hope that in the quiet of darkness and grief, should you ever find yourself there, that you can still tune in to yourself and hear the music. 🙂

  34. sandraconner says:

    I love this, Janet. The second stanza is the one that really got me. Only the soul of a TRUE WRITER could have penned those lines.

  35. Linda Vernon says:

    You pictures and your words are so wonderfully creative. Your poem is simply beautiful.

  36. Lovely poem – merci, too, for visiting my blog and wishing you all the best for yours. (cute horse too from a former equestrian)!

    • That lovely horse is now 30 and we’ve given her to a family we will keep and baby her for the rest of her life as if she were still with all the other horses, she’d have to be out on a huge ranch all winter in Wyoming. I always enjoy seeing what you have on your blog, although it makes me want to grab a ticket and head for France