Borodin

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Not far from Van – close enough?

photograph by Jon Walton

Borodin

Will never again raise his baton, but                                                                                             The orchestra plays Tashkent,Bukhara, Samarkand.

Wind is a thread                                                                                                                                                Hanging from distant mountains.

Steppe grasses hiss                                                                                                                                        And sand, more sand, blows.

A pony waits,                                                                                                                                                      Feet together, head down.

Dusk drifts like a violet scarf                                                                                                                            Across day’s face,

Hush, hush, quiet,                                                                                                                                            Still.

Here at time’s end there is salt                                                                                                                    But no tears.

Borodin composed a wonderful piece of program music entitled “In the Steppes of Central Asia”. I took the liberty of adding some words to the program.  This is one of my favorite poems and the Fictionique site finally offered it a home.

Link to Borodin:

http://fictionique.com/?p=20316

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2 responses to “Borodin

  1. Dear Mr. Walton,

    It is a rare experience to happen upon a poet like you. I cannot possibly say anything more: my comment would have no end and then I wouldn’t be able to attend to my sundry jobs. One of which is the online publication of a fledgling poetry journal whose editor would be honored to reprint some of your wonderful work. Perhaps you would consider helping me?

    Firestone Feinberg (a member of Society of Classical Poets)
    http://www.verse-virtual.com
    ff@verse-virtual.com

    • I very much appreciate your comments and will get in touch with you. Poetry is humbling, however. I find my duty to the craft lies in listening to the poem, sometimes for years, before offering it for others to read.

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