Lark Ascending

Lark Ascending

A Poem by Chris Shaw
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(In praise of Vaughan Williams, Welsh Composer)

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a violin plays Vaughan Williams
it's four steel core strings
strung to Welsh perfection

vibrations of high pitched
notes float in spiral movement
as the reed bow sweeps low

then moves slowly upwards
imitating a lark, the messenger
of a brand new morning

rising above roof tops, above spires
higher on spanned feathered wings
avian beauty scaling the heights

ascending in circular flight
in blue sky above verdant green
fields of English countryside

close your weary eyes
transcend closer to the sleeping stars
soaring in new found freedom

far above the problematic earth
far from the troubles of the day
rebirth, there fly i

© 2020 Chris Shaw


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Can't find the words I'd like to leave you.. am in a state of absolute - wonder - admiration.
You've somehow harmonised that music with those descriptions and.. just don't know what more to say..

Vaughan Williams music for the poem, is.. out of this world. So is your poem.

Posted 3 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Chris Shaw

3 Months Ago

Thank you Em for all your encouragement. Music and nature a wonderful blend to lift the soul on a do.. read more
emmajoy

3 Months Ago

Flitting a smile or few for your pleasure..



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This one's a beauty.
It does deserve to be featured.

Posted 3 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Chris Shaw

3 Months Ago

Thank you Melinda. I appreciate your thoughts.

Chris
The rise of a new day above the world where all the chaos is left on the ground.

This is a wonderful poem in description and imagery

Posted 3 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Chris Shaw

3 Months Ago

Music can take you to new heights, just as love can. Thank you PB for your encouragement. Hope all i.. read more
Poetic Beauty

3 Months Ago

All is as good as it can be at the moment
dearest Chris... your poem is very uplifting as though
we had wings and could sing as a Lark with Violins and Welsh steel Guitars.
Nature and Music blend when we need to escape the atmosphere below.
Must listen to Vaughan Williams, a Welsh Composer. I appreciate your
ethereal poetry. gently, Pat



Posted 3 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Chris Shaw

3 Months Ago

Dear Pat, if you don't know this piece of music, you are in for a real treat. Just sit back and rela.. read more
Can't find the words I'd like to leave you.. am in a state of absolute - wonder - admiration.
You've somehow harmonised that music with those descriptions and.. just don't know what more to say..

Vaughan Williams music for the poem, is.. out of this world. So is your poem.

Posted 3 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Chris Shaw

3 Months Ago

Thank you Em for all your encouragement. Music and nature a wonderful blend to lift the soul on a do.. read more
emmajoy

3 Months Ago

Flitting a smile or few for your pleasure..
I love this duet, the violin strings and melody with the lark flying high then swooping low like the notes of the instrument; close your eyes and picture the lark and listen to the notes, a new found freedom awakens in your spirit….feelin as if one could FlightAware high along with this amazing duet….wonderful, creative work Chris, loved it!
Truly,B.

Posted 3 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Chris Shaw

3 Months Ago

Thank you dear Betty. It is an older poem out for an airing. So pleased you enjoyed the read.
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Betty Hermelee

3 Months Ago

Yes I loved it!
Reading this Chris has calmed
my soul ..such a lovely
serene feeling your words emit
within each verse laid out
with a heavenly poetic
expression.. Loved it!!


Posted 3 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Chris Shaw

3 Months Ago

Thank you Fran Marie for your lovely review. You are appreciated.

Chris
This piece has such beautiful imagery. So calming.
"soaring in new found freedom...

far above the problematic earth
far from the troubles of the day
rebirth, there fly i..."

There's something about these lines that is so inspiring to me. Thank you :)

Posted 3 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Chris Shaw

3 Months Ago

This piece of music never fails to calm me. Thank you for checking this poem out, a tribute to inspi.. read more
I have always been interested in the trivia that abounds in a body of knowledge; scientific trivia, theological trivia and the tidbits of marginal information that cling to the English language like remoras to the belly of a shark. Your poem brought the collective noun for lark to mind: an exaltation. Like the mutuality of the shark / remora relationship the poet has created a relationship of words through images that link in exaltation music, the flight of birds, the soaring of the human spirit. This is not a trivial effort- it is more a triumph of style.

Posted 8 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Chris Shaw

8 Months Ago

Delmar, I thank you for your visit and your encouraging review. Best wishes.

Chris
I love the juxtaposition of the playing of the violin and the bird scaling and soaring the skies. Seems like a comparison with such obvious chemistry, however I've never seen it done before that I can recall. Once again an elegant and positive piece that makes me smile. Music really takes you to another world and frees you of your burdens, if only temporarily.

Posted 8 Months Ago


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Chris Shaw

8 Months Ago

Thank you Velvet. Music is also good for the soul. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and the encourag.. read more
I absolutely love this poem! Music and poetry are so similar and I love how you combined their elements


Posted 8 Months Ago


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Chris Shaw

3 Months Ago

Sorry it has taken so long for me to acknowledge your lovely review Savvanna. Not sure how I missed .. read more

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Berkshire, United Kingdom



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