. . . resolves.

(For T.S. Poetry’s January theme: Resolutions (and Relationships). Visit the T.S. Poetry Facebook page for more on Resolutions!)

The notes are most in harmony
when frequencies are multiples
of one another, having common
factors, never having to
abut, and when reduced

to their simplest, their bare
primes coincide and strike complacent
chords in resolution—thirds or fifths,
harmonic intervals sufficient to
elude tension, being safe

at distances where no ache
inspires desire for motion, no
suspended chord requires release,
no syncopation rocks
any boat. That music sits

content without movements.

But when a song makes hands play

adjacent keys, and fingers have
to touch, there comes an expectation

in the conflict; the suspended

chord wants forward
movement, and a beauty

rises from the song that
never quite

D2 suspended chord

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7 thoughts on “. . . resolves.

  1. Monica!

    This is marvelous. I love the way you achieved forward motion in the poem itself. And some of this language just enchants…

    multiples, factors, primes, coincide…

  2. I rarely … oh, so rarely … ever love a poem enough to want to keep it before my eyes. Usually, I’m content with the memory of the mood, but this poem tells the story of where I stand right now. It shines so brightly that I want to hold it closer…. I wonder if I might have your permission to incorporate it into a digital painting/photomanipulation, either privately for my own enjoyment or to share on my blog with due credit and a link to you?

  3. “…where no ache
    inspires desire for motion, no
    suspended chord requires release,

    “But when a song makes hands play

    “…a beauty
    rises from the song…”

    love this poem so much, monica! “BUT when a song” (or a poem or a picture) comes from the heart, a beauty rises….it has that intangible, emotive ability to stir other hearts.

    p.s. congrats on being featured at “The High Calling” :)

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