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Finding comfort in a thing of little importance

by Katherine D. Graham 2 months ago in inspirational · updated 2 months ago
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A tribute to the master of an ode to joy

Fingers dance across the keys of piano.

Beethoven’s 25th bagatelle, you might know

means 'a trifle, a thing of little importance'

but when memorized holds the force of transcendence.


To most, the familiar tune known as ' Fur Elise' .

was written for his love, a soprano by geez.

It was supposed to be named 'Fur Therese' some do say,

played on Bach's well tempered clavier 440 A.


This five-part rondo, played in the A minor key

has elated moments that transmit a great glee,

and others hold a sad, wistful, pitiful plea

with regret and longing, most listeners will agree.


I sometimes felt slow, it took me four weeks to learn

and much longer to memorize and then discern

what the deafened composer had hoped to achieve

was it just to hear the marching and those high E’s?


The piece is called quite simple and versatile too.

A classic, romantic tune that comes across blue.

This reasonably difficult ditty holds suspense.

I find comfort in moments that are quite intense.


There is comfort in feeling the tensions relieve

as an understanding unfolds, gently perceived.

The difficult sections let a flash of bright light

put the dark minor sentiments far out of sight.


I find comfort in how the slow metronomes tick

helped me master each phrase and subtly arranged lick.

When spirit transcends, a biblical autograph

has life after death, thanks to the notes on a staff.


Ludwig was a hard-working man of middle class

considered by aristocrats as someone crasse.

He was snubbed because he cared not for appearance

his hygiene and status were quite a deterrence.


Different things offer comfort to mind, heart and soul.

Musical meditation helps make me feel whole.

I appreciate what Ludwig and I have done.

Persevering to feel such sentiments is fun.


About the author

Katherine D. Graham

My stories are intended to teach facts, supported by science as we know it. Science often reflects myths. Both can help survival in an ever-changing world.

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