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The Orchestra

The Orchestra

Best heard alone in the silence
of blackness pre-dawn.

The hall, redolent of memories,
lighted by a single bulb-
log walls fashioned from old larch;
a metal roof above.

The orchestra of rain, wind.
Initially a hesitant patter;
Almost individual drops, far away, distant, 
then the building crescendo of speed and intensity.

Becoming a persistent cadence
accompanied by the gurgle
of the gutter as the rain courses through it
to splash and echo on the rocks below.

Then decrescendo of sound as the rain 
retreats to the darkness from whence it came.
Finally, the coda:
Intermittent, hesitant sprinkle of drops
punctuating the silence.

David Holmes
December 30, 2021

Copyright © David Holmes | Year Posted 2021


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Date: 3/1/2022 11:29:00 PM

You touched my senses with your beautiful poem about the sounds of rain, David. Well written, and very enjoyable to read. Bill
Date: 2/17/2022 1:06:00 AM

A sound piece of sound. Lovely poem. Enjoying it.
Date: 2/16/2022 8:54:00 AM

Oh I love this poem...the auditory imagery, as it were, takes me back to rainy nights of my youth and what a sweet lullaby rain on a tin roof sang! Beautifully written!
Date: 2/16/2022 2:59:00 AM

A beautiful poem of nature’s orchestral sounds David. Congratulations! Belle
Date: 2/16/2022 1:35:00 AM

Love this.
Date: 2/15/2022 4:57:00 PM

Wow, David. Cabin memories in rain, an orchestra of the soul out in nature. This is a well-developed poem with poetic detail. I enjoyed it very much. Carol Louise
Date: 1/19/2022 12:55:00 PM

Wow . Amazing detail. So much brings this to life and as the reader, I am living through it. Congratulations . Well done :)
Date: 1/5/2022 8:29:00 AM

I love the metaphor. Congrats!
Date: 1/2/2022 3:24:00 AM

Hi David. I meant to comment on this when I read this on New Year's Day. I love how you lead the reader into your poem like a painter leads a viewer. Great atmosphere. Great build up. Worthy winner in Brian's contest. I hope this poem gets the views and great comments it so rightly deserves.
Date: 1/2/2022 2:39:00 AM

"Best heard alone in the silence" - Beginning well, the whole poem is very beautiful. Congratulations!