Gymnopedie

Gymnopedie

A Poem by Robert Trakofler
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This Lyrical poem inspired by Erik Satie's Gymnopedie #1 This song has always haunted me from the first time I heard it. I wrote the first 8 lines about 5 years ago and could never finish until now.

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Gymnopedie no. 1

I remember 
that smile on her face

Basking delight 
In the warmth of its grace

Watched as the breeze
whisked and danced with her hair

Promising ease 
from all earthly despair

I remember 
that smile on her face

Now that times passed
can scarcely recall

What it was like
but to warrant enthrall

Sigh with unease
that my heart can still care

Time can’t appease
she’ll no longer be there

© 2024 Robert Trakofler

© 2024 Robert Trakofler


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Poignant write. When someone we love is no longer on this earth, it is difficult to accept. The images on our mind and heart never dim. The feelings they evoked remain strong. Such haunting music to accompany your words, Robert. Just lovely. Lydi*

Posted 7 Hours Ago


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Robert Trakofler

4 Hours Ago

Thank you:)



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Poignant write. When someone we love is no longer on this earth, it is difficult to accept. The images on our mind and heart never dim. The feelings they evoked remain strong. Such haunting music to accompany your words, Robert. Just lovely. Lydi*

Posted 7 Hours Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Robert Trakofler

4 Hours Ago

Thank you:)
I have always listened to this music as if it were some exercise deliberately undertaken by by a dedicated pupil, each key hit with the proper force until miraculously it emerges from a cocoon in splendor.

So I found the poem - simple , them emergent. Lovely work sir . Thank you.

Posted 2 Days Ago


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Robert Trakofler

2 Days Ago

It is, just that sort of music Delmar:) that is where the notes took me:)


Robert, you are indeed a very Bad Bunny .. the combination of art forms you have laid here for those of us who pass by to enjoy would be very difficult to beat or better .. I sincerely take my hat off to you, your voice a piano and a pen .. what a way to welcome in a new Saturday morning .. Neville


Posted 5 Days Ago


Robert Trakofler

5 Days Ago

it is remarkable just how many artist have been inspired by (and inspired Satie) many people have ma.. read more
Neville

5 Days Ago


........................ a seriously cool dude :)
One of my all time favourite pieces of music and such a delight to play on my flute. As is this tribute to it. A stunning piece of love impressionist poetry to go with and then far beyond the Satie. And I love the Debussy orchestrations as well.

Posted 6 Days Ago


Ken Simm.

5 Days Ago

One two and three greek dancers
Robert Trakofler

5 Days Ago

some times I think I'm clever... and then I talk to you LOL Oblique et coupant l’ombre un torrent.. read more
Robert Trakofler

5 Days Ago

well the irony for me is I had no idea however many years ago... that this song was inspired by a po.. read more
once we work through the pyschological hurt to the heart...we can finish those thoughts that
had been left suspended.
So glad you were able to finish this at last, brother bunny.
Hope you are well, my friend.
j.

Posted 1 Week Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Robert Trakofler

1 Week Ago

That is exactly what happened to me with this write:) it’s funny all of this time it was on my unf.. read more
Well my friend, i recognized the music straight away although i had no idea at all who composed it , now i see it is one of three peices so you have educated me today.
Your lovely words add to the melancholia and are haunting .... :)


Posted 1 Week Ago


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Stella Armour

1 Week Ago

Oh Bunny i am so happy our little conversation brought forth this lovely piece ..... 😊
Robert Trakofler

1 Week Ago

that's one of the things that makes this forum so great the little tidbits we pick up from dialogues
Stella Armour

1 Week Ago

Also, i have just ordered a cd of the music, it is very calm and inspiring :)
Very nicely rhymed, Bunny. I have long loved the rhyming couplet, the two lines seeming to me to provide more emotional impact than the more dense forms. I was familiar with the music, but oddly, not the title.

Posted 1 Week Ago


Robert Trakofler

1 Week Ago

One of the things I love about him is the many different artistic facets of his character from his s.. read more
One of my favourite pieces of music Robert. A lovely tale of what was and what’s left.

Posted 1 Week Ago


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Robert Trakofler

1 Week Ago

Between the Gymnopedies and the Gnossienes his music was way ahead of its time:) I honestly think he.. read more
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I tried very hard to sing these lyrics to his song I'm afraid my voice has never fully healed and on my best day I'm not sure I could have hit those notes but if you click on the link you can imagine the lyrics being sung to the song in its haunting cadence.

Posted 1 Week Ago



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Added on July 10, 2024
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I am the Bunny but the bunny isn't me long live the bunny Hello I’m Robert I own an art gallery and performance space in Pittsburgh called The Zenith It is also an antique store and a veget.. more..

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