It’s that song-
the one she tried so hard to avoid
and made her think of him.
It assaulted her as she carefully fingered
the fabric of a skirt on the clearance rack.
It’s that song they danced to as the rain poured down on them
after everyone else had sought shelter, soaking them to the bone.
It’s that song- the one he’d sing in her ear softly,
trying to wake her on Sunday morning.
It’s that song-
Memories she’d blocked out began to
seep in around the edges
and so began the waterfall of tears.
For so long the dam had held them back, but the floodgates had opened.
It’s that song.
She left the shop leaving her cart and the floral skirt behind
In the middle of the aisle.
© Jennifer Criss
Excerpt from the book “Poetic Melodies”
Preface . . .
There is a human language that encompasses the globe, regardless of race, color, creed or country. Much the same way as laughter or tears, or any of our human emotions. When we see someone laugh, there is a universal language that is communicated by all of us. We know they are happy. Just as when we see someone crying, it is generally accepted to mean they are, most likely, sad. However, the language I am referring to goes beyond the sight of emotions, and runs deeper than the tear streaked lines of a sad face. I am speaking of a language that can penetrate to the deepest depths of the human psyche, it can be felt in the beating of our hearts and it can leave us soaring among our dreams.
This universal language is music.
Upon these waves of sound we can find our spirits lifted to the heavens, we can feel the beats and the rhythms in our beings and we are moved by the vibrations. We may become lost in a memory or a moment of time may be singled out by the distinct patterns and oscillations of a melody. We may gather by the thousands to listen to this music together or we may be alone in our rooms, or be dancing with our friends or cuddling with our love, but the universal language of music expands human communication beyond the normal realm. It propels us into the wavelengths of our souls, and it is there that we become in tune, we find our harmonies, and we recognize that there is a true power in music.
The poetry included in this book seeks to capture that essence and tap into that power. These are the lines of communication opened and inspired by the universal language called music.
Christopher Allen Breidinger, Author
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