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Per Diem for October 2014: The Sound of Music

Why are we all bobbing our heads at the same time? Guest editor Marilyn Appl Walker asks:

Why do we like music? Studies have concluded that music has therapeutic value; it touches us emotionally. Music flows from our alarm clocks to wake us, it fills our cars as we drive, it gives us chills, it makes us cry, it makes us want to dance, and it comforts us. And finally, what would a candlelight dinner be without a romantic song?

From the ice cream truck to the opera, from Beethoven to the Beatles, from hymns to honky-tonk, and much more, Per Diem poets share the beauty of music in our daily lives in this collection of personal, amusing and heartfelt experiences. It has been my pleasure assembling this haiku concert. I hope you, as Per Diem readers, will savor the songs!

It’s hard for haiku, given its limitations, to set your toes tapping, but at the very least we can notice they are. Enjoy!

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  1. crescent moon
    a bone carver sings
    to his ancestor

    by Ron C. Moss

    * * *

    I’m enjoying this new collection, edited by Marilyn Appl Walker.

    Ron’s poem recalled a poem I wrote (revised shorter this morning):

    ordering a wreath
    for their graves
    though I know
    they are not there

    and this poem:

    Sunday morning
    all the lovely voices
    singing Silent Night

    Thank you, Ellen

  2. Yes, music is that art which works in mysterious ways. I can move to anything, really. Just think of military music and people’s tendency to march or dance in sync as one body. It connects to all the “unutterable” levels of our being, those we cannot directly verbalise and take us to places whence we come back transformed. Even if in just a weeny tiny way.

    adding a 7th string he gives voice to the dead

    (my take on the daring portrait of Msr. Sainte-Colombe, French renaissance viol player and composer. “Daring” because very little is know about him and yet he’s wonderfully portrayed in the film “Tous les Matins du Monde”)

  3. When I started my Masters Degree in Creative Writing I found that I had to write really challenging pieces on difficult parts of my life, real or imagined.

    Listening to Ibiza Chilled Dance Music enabled me to go through several emotions from deep pain to joy.

    Music does have an incredible effect on all parts of the brain as evidenced by recent research. With the explosion of iPods and similar devices allowing people to carry a whole music centre, and hundreds of albums on a small bit of mostly plastic and circuits, an individual human can envelop themselves with a thousand songs.

    blues change the colour rain

    Alan Summers
    Publication Credit: brass bell: a haiku journal
    One-Line Haiku curated by Zee Zahava (September 1, 2014)

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