Introduction: This poem was written to and inspired by Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9. I urge you to listen to this piece while reading this poem.
Tempted by the soft glow
of smooth ivory keys
I slowly approach the
Piano that lies in wait for me.
As I begin, I breathe in
Slowly allowing my fingers to linger
Then firmly hold them down
Provoking their intensity
And unveiling their glorious sound
Evoking a symphony of raw emotion,
As an untold story unfolds,
Of victory, tragedy, and pure devotion-
Each note now swirling-
As my trembling hands
Unravel the melody of my being.
Written by: Gretchen Leary 2012