The Chorale Conductor

She raises her arms
Stretches them toward a hundred voices
Beginning to work the sound.

She has been here before.

The muscles in her back and shoulders
Move to the rhythm she remembers.
Wrists and fingers working
A weaver of notes and timbre
Shaping chords of Gounod and Mendelssohn.

She pulls volume, stretches pitch
And molds the tone with fingers
Practiced in the art of taking sound from strangers,
Translating work of the masters
From printed page to ear to voice
For hearts and ears of generations after.

She raises her arms,
An artist weaving notes into a tapestry of sound.

*A tribute to Mary Lu Norris


  1. “Practiced in the art of taking sound from strangers,”


    That is one of those phrases I wish I had thought of. It is more than splendid…it is magnificent.
    It is also headed for Bon Mots II.

    It is more than the sum of its parts. It encompasses all heaven and earth and all the arts. It sees
    beyond ordinary vision.

    The whole poem paints a picture of the Conductor, a vivid, vibrant picture.; that line defines a master
    of creativity.

    I love it!


    BTW, I left you a note under Minton’s Pond.


  2. I see now why you had a question…I failed to mention that after you select all the photos you want in the presentation, go to bottom right of picture gallery and click ‘continue’

    That brings up layout
    click on layout and slide show is the last option in the list.


  3. I’m going to put a music note in place of the gray square. When you get the pic. you want, you can edit, remove the featured note graphic and add the picture. S


  4. Oh, Ptc!

    This is wonderfully orchestrated!! While reading, I absolutely was taken away and felt the movement of the conductor’s hands in the air. I could “see” her creative leadership. I reread many phrases in this as I was reading through, just to bump back into a reader’s joy times. The ending was amazing–

    “She raises her arms,
    An artist weaving notes into a tapestry of sound.”




  5. Some wonderful images of the subject/the conductor.

    I love the lines about being practiced
    at taking sound from strangers,
    and the notes into tapestry of sound.

    Very much enjoyed.
    take care,


  6. Hello pTc,
    I’m cruising through the blog this AM & enjoying revisiting this well-crafted poem. It’s truly beautiful how you did this—fashioned the words perfectly describing this woman’s strength—and yours, too, as writer. And–now I feel strengthened as reader. Amazing! I’m going to reread it as it pulls me there again before my reading time flees this AM.


    • Jan, your words always encourage me. Recently my writing has been more transactional than literary, trying to take care of details. Your encouragement will send me to that special place where things of heart and mind and hand unite. I am promising you a poem soon. Thank you.

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