Lark Ascending

Lark Ascending

A Poem by Christine Anne 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 Christine Anne Shaw


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This poem is going to be an unforgettable one for me. The way you lifted its notes and took them to a crescendo sent my own spirit soaring. I am not familiar with how a violin is played but I felt no need for it while readingyou here. I could feel what the poet felt listening to that lark ascending and that I believe is true poetry! Kudos, Ms.Chris!

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Christine Anne Shaw

2 Months Ago

Dear AJ, thank you so much for that praise, especially coming from such an accomplished poet. Really.. read more



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I’m comparing the high and low pitches of the violin to the lark, the high and low flight of this lovely bird who sings like a violin.the flight of the Lark takes us to a different place far from the “ The troubles of the day”.....nicely written, end on a high note!
Best, Betty

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Christine Anne Shaw

1 Month Ago

Thank you Betty for your visit and thoughtful review. All good wishes.

Chris
Betty Hermelee

1 Month Ago

You’re quite welcome😊


........ this has got the lot, well at least it has as far as I am concerned .. funny thing is, I can hear a couple high above the field opposite .. quite unmistakable they are .. tho barely pin pricks to these eyes.

Neville


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Christine Anne Shaw

1 Month Ago

Thank you Neville and lucky you if you heard a couple of them. I do believe they sing in flight.
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Neville

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.......... they only sing on the wing at all other times they either whisper, or mumble.
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I love this piece of inspiring musicand how well you have transported us into the tranquility it brings ..

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Christine Anne Shaw

1 Month Ago

Thank you so much Stella. One of my favourite classical pieces. Perfect relaxation.

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wow Chris I don't know how I missed this one! your transition between sound and image is perfection in this write and the message is downright beautiful a perfect poem for these times dear Chris we all need a little hope injection these days and yours is sublimely Chris Anne Shaw!

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Christine Anne Shaw

1 Month Ago

What a lovely review Bunny. Pleased you enjoyed this poem. Hope all is good with you.

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Chris - your poem sings a song of hope, leaving behind despair. You remind me, I haven't paused for quite a while to listen to the music of Vaughan Williams. Thank you, Chris.

Take care of yourself - Dave

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Christine Anne Shaw

1 Month Ago

Thank you Dave. Enjoy Ralph Vaughan Williams. Wonderful composer. All the very best.

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Gee
How nice it would be to take flight, to soar above this nuts world, to escape if only briefly.
Beautifully written Christine
Hope you are all well...I'm going stir crazy :))


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Christine Anne Shaw

1 Month Ago

Dear Gee, I think we are all a little stir crazy at the moment. Trying our best to stay grounded but.. read more
Music is so uplifting of the spirit. Nicely written Chris, you are so disciplined in writing whereas I am wayward lol.

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Christine Anne Shaw

1 Month Ago

Thank you Andrew. Not as disciplined with writing as you think. We all have our own way. Many than.. read more
The poem in itself is musical magic Chris :) Gorgeous writing and plays a tune of its own, simply breathtaking :)

Posted 2 Months Ago


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Christine Anne Shaw

2 Months Ago

Dear Ruth, thank you for that lovely review. So encouraging. Have a lovely day.

Chris
there is nothing like music and flight to grant us reprieve in our troubled worlds ... sure enjoyed your lark ascending and spiraling ever skyward ... of course put on Vaughn Williams to listen .. your poem does it justice says i! ;)
E.
ps. violin, viola and cello my favorite strings .. thank you for sharing you lifting, lilting poem and tribute.

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Christine Anne Shaw

2 Months Ago

Hello Mr E. So pleased you listened to the Lark Ascending. I find that classical piece so relaxing. .. read more
Einstein Noodle

1 Month Ago

:) ......................
I love how music can really take us away from the reality and into bliss. I like to think sometimes it can take the pain away, at least for a little while. Very nicely done! Thank you for sharing

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Christine Anne Shaw

2 Months Ago

Thank you Broken for that encouraging review. Music can be a comfort to many. Have a lovely day. read more

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