Poems : Haiku (3)

I was so impressed by a contestant in this morning’s National Violin and Piano competition that I wrote a poem (consisting of 10 verses, each a Haiku) during the intermission:

A pleasant surprise                                                                                                                                                 From a fourteen-year-old boy                                                                                                                                 Who plays like a pro

From Beethoven to                                                                                                                                                Granados and Debussy                                                                                                                                              He conquers them all

Fantastic’s the word                                                                                                                                                That best describes his playing                                                                                                                             Which mesmerises

I’ve never heard of                                                                                                                                                  Filippenko’s Toccata                                                                                                                                              But I’m most impressed

Infectious with joy                                                                                                                                                      And lots of enthusiasm                                                                                                                                           He captivates us

Wonderful music:                                                                                                                                                     Magic oozes from fingers                                                                                                                                         That are so precious

Crying and pleading,                                                                                                                                               Sweeping the audience along                                                                                                                                  With his magic touch

Mastery control                                                                                                                                                       Of all technicalities                                                                                                                                                 And much artistry

Confidence galore,                                                                                                                                                  Sensitive and pianistic,                                                                                                                                        Really impressive

An experience like                                                                                                                                                   I’ve died and gone to heaven,                                                                                                                                 A wonderful place

Poems : Haiku (2)

Inspired by the ongoing National Violin and Piano Competition, I wrote these today:

(1)  In the concert hall                                                                                                                                                     From a Steinway Grand flows most                                                                                                                      Beautiful music

(2)  From six to thirteen,                                                                                                                                                These budding pianists perform                                                                                                                              Like professionals

(3)  The great J S Bach’s                                                                                                                                                  Fourty-eight Preludes and Fugues                                                                                                                        Are beyond compare

(4)  Mozart’s sonatas                                                                                                                                                        Are deceptively simple                                                                                                                                          And tough to master

(5)  Haydn and Chopin,                                                                                                                                                    Schubert and Khachaturian                                                                                                                                      In competition

(6)  Awesome, inspiring –                                                                                                                                                Schubert’s Impromptus are all                                                                                                                                Brilliant works of art

(7)  Tchaikovsky’s Autumn                                                                                                                                              Is full of melancholia,                                                                                                                                                Longing and regrets

(8)  Kabalevsky’s works                                                                                                                                                  Demand great technical skills                                                                                                                                  And great stamina

And here’s one I wrote three days ago:

Life’s vicissitudes                                                                                                                                                      Will take time to overcome                                                                                                                                     With great fortitude


I shall be writing more over the next few days…

Poems : Haiku

Feeling inspired, I wrote these :


(1)  Outside I am calm,

Inside butterflies abound,

Waiting to emerge.


(2)  Alone and lonely?

Read a book, play the piano

Or watch a movie.


(3)  Take a good deep breath,

Anxieties have anxieties,

Relax to stay calm.


(4)  Once upon a time,

Being a concert pianist

Was my biggest dream.


(5)  What is in a song?

Chords, key change and harmony

With a nice melody.


(6)  What is happiness?

It is a clean bill of health

right up to the end.


(7)  Sudoku is fun;

The puzzle that changed the world

Knows no boundaries.


(8)  Scrabble’s a delight

To fans young and old alike;

Nothing’s quite like it.


(9)  Music calms the soul;

Words and numbers fill the brain;

Love is above all.