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 imagined a flapping tent near a dusty tell
Or a dynamited pit
And examined a graven pendant
The troy weight spoke to me
As I polished Priam’s hoard
I thought

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
Remastered digitally 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. These blog entries will be more akin to the newsletter columns I wrote for Normandy Christian Church and Puget Sound Christian College in the "old days" than my more recent journalistic work at Hollywood Jesus, Past the Popcorn, or SeaTac Blog. They will also be of a more overtly spiritual nature than most of my recent work.
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