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The Ekphrastic Review publishes Borodin

MardinMardin – Photo by Jon Walton

Sometimes actually playing a piece of music leads to new understandings of the piece, new appreciation of the genius who created it. This happened for me a few years back when our Hartnell Community Orchestra played In the Steppes of Central Asia by Borodin. A poem came to me unbidden and I didn’t mess it up with too much writing. The Ekphrastic Review just published Borodin and a link to a performance of the wonderful music.



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Not far from Van – close enough?

photograph by Jon Walton


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:



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