Hearing Quotes

THIS WEEK’S WORDS come from “Slow Drag with Branches of Pine” by Ama Codjoe: winding, holding, looking, face, combs, river, sing, breeze, drag, creak, sway, cheek

Listen, can you hear the river?

Sploshing and singing

Swaying with breeze like well wisher

And the sun is grinning

Looking at us with love and care

Holding our hands when we’re scared

Looking at us

Looking at us

Winding us down to be aware

Listen, can you hear the river?

Creaking very softly

Dragging and making us quiver

Please don’t feel awfully

Let’s face the truth and come what may

What lesson can we take away?

Let’s face the truth

Let’s face the truth

And we can do it all the way

Listen, can you hear the river?

Cheek to cheek with the wind

Light winds from the moorlands shiver

And the sky above dimmed

It’s urging us to carry on

Appreciate the sunset and dawn

It’s urging us

It’s urging us

Count our blessing and thereupon*

(c) ladyleemanila 2022

  • The Trijan Refrain

For: http://sundayswhirligig.blogspot.com/2022/06/whirligig-376.html

For the New Year I resolve to hear

Hear the sound of wisdom and hope

Hope for the best, can you give me some tips?

Tips on how I can cope

Cope of the invisible that comes my way

Way to hush the chaos that calls

Calls from the mountains and valleys

Valleys of faith as the water falls

Falls and rises as situation demand

Demand to understand them all

All possible when we put our minds to it

It is all for us, great or small**

(c) ladyleemanila 2022

**Loop Poetry

I know a good storyteller, Tia Nena!
When she was still with us, bless her soul
She’d tell you stories of the past
When they were young, what they did
Where they went, who said what?
Word for word, we’d hear what they said
With an exercise in throng anecdote
Children and grandchildren circled around
Listening to her, telling her tales
She never got tired, she never got edgy
There was always a request for another story

Midsummer day by the piers

Silent waves glittering on the shore

As lovers share their stories with care

And birds plunge into the sea to score

Silent waves glittering on the shore

Birds use the island as sanctuary

And birds plunge into the sea to score

Rest their wings when they’re weary

Birds use the island as sanctuary

When they hear danger here and there

Rest their wings when they’re weary

As clouds come and go without a care

When they hear danger here and there

As lovers share their stories with care

As clouds come and go without a care

Midsummer day by the piers***

(c) ladyleemanila 2022

***Pantoum

For: https://alwayswrite.blog/2022/07/13/wqw-26-hearing/

5 Comments

  1. Lady Lee, you have a lot of interesting pictures of instruments. We have a Museum of Musical Instruments in Scottsdale. These musical instruments are so amazing. They are definitely a representation of hearing. I like what you’ve pointed out in several quotes about listening to understand rather than to reply. Perfect response to this week’s theme.

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  2. Don’t always see synthesizers in an ancient instrument collection, but that is ancient. Is it a CS-80? Looks small, so maybe a CS-60? The instrument next to it is a DX-7 (well, one of the DX instruments) and I believe an Emulator or E2 behind the DX, but not sure about the front one.

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      1. lol, the synth nerd in me coming out 😉 I didn’t know if there was a label in the photo that I couldn’t see. Still funny to see with 300 year old instruments.

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