Noted Envy

I have always envied musician’s gift

As their melodies and harmonies lift

The spirit of the ones that lucky hear

Their sounds echoing in searching ear

Just seven notes of heptatonic scale

Where the majors sing and the minors wail

Is all they need to create their fine art

Nuance is found in the harmonized part

If you were to give me just seven words

The hope for a poem would seem absurd

It could not compare to the notes they write

Musical vibrations of great delight

The tiny black dots with their funny tails

The clef and rests dotting the five-line scale

And when your magic finally complete

The hook snares the mind, heard in repeat

Oh, how I wish I had that set of skills

Noting the enchanting by just sheer will

But a million words will never compare

To feelings felt in the musical air

I cannot find a way to disparage

My only hope a lyrical marriage

The wedding of your music and my words

The only hope that my words will be heard

22 Responses to “Noted Envy”
  1. Music is the most magical of all the arts. When analysed, musicians improvising were able to generate more alpha waves than with any other art form, and these are the waves that allow for greater creativity…this was a great poem and a delight to read. Cheers my brother!

  2. beth says:

    I always teach the kinder that music is putting poetry together with sounds from instruments, including our singing voices

  3. K.L. Hale says:

    Brad, your words are like music to our ears. Music has been such a huge part of my life; it began around my Mom’s piano~then to church~to school and band~and now has settled in my soul. Even when watching a movie I will first comment on its background music 🎶 (I can play background music to my own life). I can read your words like music~and your readers can pick the tone, mood, and rhythm. I love your beat. And your word choices are perfectly composed!

  4. Music is truly a universal language. The appreciation of music is definitely one of our mom’s legacies passed down for which I am so grateful. I’ve been away from it far too long to be as musically inclined as I was during those years of piano lessons, but I’ve never lost my appreciation for the sounds that music from any instruments make. Thank you for reminding me what it means and what an amazing gift it was in our home.

  5. kristianw84 says:

    Music is so powerful! I have never written my own music, but I do enjoy playing. Did you know I’m a musician? I play 4 different instruments, but I’m hoping to learn piano and guitar one day!

    Beautifully written, as always!

  6. petespringerauthor says:

    Think of how much pleasure and comfort gives us over a lifetime. It is one of those universal arts that all people can appreciate.

  7. jonicaggiano says:

    Music is such a gift and one can easily escape this world for a while and pass into the world of sound that puts us into a different and even more beautiful place. When I was young (about 16) I would go to Henry Clays home in KY and I had a friend that played the flute so beautifully and there was a tree whose limbs touched the ground. We could climb inside the limbs of the trees and listen to him playing and watch people looking around for the music and the notes as they traveled this beautiful yard looking from where it came but never seeing us. I spent so much wonderful time listening to the flute. Great piece Brad, you explained it wonderfully. Sending my love, Jonikins

  8. I have always envied musician’s gift and poet’s words.

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