The Conductor

Gayle Gerson

Gayle Gerson

“Fools say in their hearts ‘There is no God.’
Have they no knowledge, all the evildoers
who eat up my people as they eat bread,
and do not call upon the Lord?” ~ Psalm 14:1,4

The orchestra
has no conductor
Each instrument plays
whatever it prefers
and whenever

The hautbois
offers its pure tone
which the violin adjusts
so as to suit herself
as do the rest

The symphony
is to be ‘The Planets’
Holst turns in his grave
the cosmos trembles
the moon gulps

Up in the hills
coyotes start to howl
The owls begin their hoot
like balcony patrons
from box seats

If the orchestra
has no conductor
chaos replaces symmetry
grotesquery grace
absurdity art


About Peter Notehelfer

I'm a retired people person who now finds the time to watch the little details of the world without worrying about being watched by anyone . . . I live on an Island north of Seattle with my wife named Ellen, a yellow dog named McGee, a yellow cat named Gatzby, and four fine chickens . . . I read fiction, bake bread, smoke salmon, and fish whenever the weather allows . . . Oh, and yes, I try to write a poem every day simply to avoid senility!
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2 Responses to The Conductor

  1. I just love, “the moon gulps”.

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  2. a growing number I fear seem to prefer chaos (aside – as a youthful trumpeter in the all state orchestra, I remember we played one of the movements from The Planets, but don’t recall which one)


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