from the podium

by Elouise

Beethoven at Longwood

from the podium
Beethoven in floral garb
conducts ode to joy

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Things that gladden and soften me,
making me deeply happy and grateful to be alive:

the carolina wren and white-throated sparrow
singing outside my window at dawn

opening notes of orchestral music
that warms my heart, releases tears, relaxes my body

walking in our neighborhood at sunset
as fading light catches the tiptop of trees and steeples

being with our family for sit-down meals
to celebrate birthdays and each other

the sound of waves breaking rhythmically
on sandy beaches and rocky shores

the smell of damp pine needles on the ground
following a rainstorm in the deep South

unexpected moments of deep grief
for Mother and for Sister #3

playing the piano for no one but myself,
weeping for the beauty and comfort of music

the smile in your eyes
when I walk into the room

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© Elouise Renich Fraser, 18 March 2014
Photo credit: DAFraser
Longwood Gardens Orchid House Display