The Symphony


From where we sit we have the best view of everything.

Imagine a ballpark. 

We sit way up in the stands well to the left of home plate.

We can see it all—

The orchestra, black-suited, rehearsed, solemn.

The crowd to our right,

Mixed by gender and age.

Many frail ones who are here to be counted

Among the living. 


Comes the businessman, president of the symphony shop.

Compliments and applause for the rich corporate sponsor.

Speech by corporate executive praising all. 

Then the first violin, instruments tuned,

Then the maestro,

Who grasps the players’ attention,

Waves his baton, and

The music begins. 


--October 13, 2013