“Spiritual: Listening to Charlie Haden and Pat Metheny” — a poem by Michael L. Newell

June 28th, 2018

 

“Midnight Sail,” by John Hoyte

 

 
 
SPIRITUAL: LISTENING TO CHARLIE HADEN AND PAT METHENY
 
Midnight and we sail on a boundless sea
nothing in sight but a vast pool of black
dimly lit by starlight sprawled without end
our ship slowly rises and falls riding 
a never ending progression of waves
that carry us ever deeper into a night
that stretches toward eternity as we 
 
bob up and down and up again 
the only sounds the slap and splash
of water and our breathing hushed 
though it may be seems sacrilegious
time loses all meaning   we forget our names                      
to be certain our flesh still exists we touch 
our faces our arms our legs 
 
this journey is beyond comprehension
this is a world whose existence 
does not lead to prayer   it is prayer
the ending silence of the music
is a definition of awe   and we sit silently
for a time   and then dive again   deep
into this world beyond words
 
 
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Michael L. Newell is a retired English/Theatre teacher. He has lived in thirteen countries on five continents, and has lived in thirteen of the United States. He has had over nine hundred poems published. He currently lives on the south-central coast of Oregon.

 

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2 comments on ““Spiritual: Listening to Charlie Haden and Pat Metheny” — a poem by Michael L. Newell”

  1. Your poem expresses the beauty and rhythm of this music, expressing well how music can take us into the heart of being and connect us to all that is, and as you say, it is prayer.

  2. Your poem expresses the beauty and rhythm of this music, expressing well how music can take us into the heart of being and connect us to all that is, and as you say, it is prayer.

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