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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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.

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Christine Anne Shaw

4 Weeks Ago

Thank you Velvet. Music is also good for the soul. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and the encourag.. read more



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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.

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Christine Anne Shaw

4 Weeks 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 4 Weeks Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

4 Weeks 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 1 Month Ago


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

Posted 4 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

4 Months Ago

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

Chris
Betty Hermelee

4 Months 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


Posted 4 Months Ago


Christine Anne Shaw

4 Months 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

4 Months Ago


.......... 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 ..

Posted 4 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

4 Months 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!

Posted 4 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

4 Months 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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1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

4 Months 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

4 Months 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.

Posted 4 Months Ago


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Christine Anne Shaw

4 Months Ago

Thank you Andrew. Not as disciplined with writing as you think. We all have our own way. Many than.. read more

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Christine Anne Shaw

Berkshire, United Kingdom



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