poem of the month – the april edition

Do you ever just randomly browse poetry? I do, and that is how I found this month’s poem of the month. If you ever feel the need for some well-crafted words, go wander through the Poetry Foundation’s website. It’s well worth your while – no matter what kind of poetry you like.

Bach in the DC Subway

As an experiment,
The Washington Post
asked a concert violinist –
waring jeans, tennis shoes,
and a baseball cap –
to stand near a trash can
at rush hour in the subway
and play Bach
on a Stradivarius.
Partita No. 2 in D Minor
called out to commuters
like an ocean to waves,
sang to the station
about why we should bother
to live.

A thousand people
streamed by. Seven of them
paused for a minute or so
and thirty-two dollars floated
into the open violin case.
A café hostess who drifted
over to the open door
each time she was free
said later that Bach
gave her peace,
and all the children,
all of them,
waded into the music
as if it were water,
listening until they had to be
rescued by parents
who had somewhere else to go.

David Lee Garrison


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