Tollers’ Wisdom

Once upon a time
Artur Rubenstein sat before a Steinway
or a debauched Bechstein
and contemplated a nocturne.
Chopin’s soul spoke to him
as he fingertipped the ivory
and he thought

    Once upon a time
    Frederic Chopin put ink to parchment
    or wrinkled foolscap
    and noodled with a tune.
    The night air spoke to him
    as he twirled the quill
    and he thought

        Once upon a time (and perhaps tonight)
        I imagine a flapping tent near a dusty tell
        or a dynamited pit
        and examine a graven pendant.
        The troy weight speaks to me
        as I polish Priam’s hoard
        and I think

        Once upon a time (not long ago)
        men averred the Homeric siege a mere legend
        or foolish outmoded myth
        and deemed themselves wise by comparison.
        Their intellects spoke to them
        as they quelled a vision
        or so they thought.

I know these things to be true
because I sit in my chair
pen in hand
journal on lap
as Rubenstein now speaks to me:
nocturnes recorded in 1956
digitally remastered in 1989
ripped to MP3 in 2013.
Artur connects me to Frederic
of a still spring night,
transports me to a lost century
when Schliemann learns of a legend
and hearing believes
and believing seeks
and seeking finds

Once upon a time

About Greg Wright

I have worn many hats as a writer and editor over the years. Unlike my scholarly and journalistic work from the "old days" at Hollywood Jesus, Past the Popcorn, or SeaTac Blog, the writing here is of a more overtly personal and spiritual nature. I hope it provokes you as much as it provokes me.
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