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Butterman

21 Apr

An interpretive dancer,
digging deep a well-spring of emotion,
a rescue swimmer, conquering a deep blue ocean.

Coaxing waves of sound into the air,
lyrical arms, infinitely fluid,
life’s highs and lows, all in one movement.

You’re a mad painter, with a magnetic brush
a cool conductor, the master electrician,
invisible puppeteer of every musician

As your arms weave a tapestry of sound
gathering, tying, every strand wound,
I am lifted, elevated a few feet off the ground.

Yes-
vanquished, cajoled, and soothed, I am
because you are like butter, man.

This poem is about Michael Butterman, the conductor of the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra during their performance of Franz Liszt’s Les Préludes on April 19, 2013. I was very inspired by the theme of the evening, which also featured Angela Brown singing A Woman’s Life by Richard Danielpour, which was inspired by poetry by Maya Angelou. During Les Préludes the words just started coming to me, inspired definitely by the music, but also by the conductor. I used the prompt for Day 18 of NaPoWriMo to get my poem started, which was to begin and end a poem with the same word.

Music & Poetry, Michael Butterman conducting.

Music & Poetry, April 19, 2013.

Update 4/22 – This made me happy:

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