Abstract Utterances

by Ronald A Pavellas

There must be some danger for a writer
To feel increasingly estranged
From the formal spoken word

In recent days I have attended
An interview of renowned musicians and
A lecture on the theories underlying
Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor

First, there was no music
Second, there were no conclusion
Third, I felt dry as dust

The juices of life dissipate
Under the compression of
Abstract, layered utterances
Punishing the innocent listener


Author's Note: The musical group was Kronos Quartet whose musical offerings I greatly admire and enjoy. They received an important annual award in Stockholm.

Posted on 09/01/2011
Copyright © 2024 Ronald A Pavellas

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Kristina Woodhill on 09/02/11 at 09:01 AM

A most thought provoking piece. Thank you.

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