haiku, music, photography, seasons

See and Hear the Start of Spring

As the year pivots from winter to spring, crocus plants bloom and little frogs croak.  We celebrate with a photo and a tanka.  Yes, the tanka’s title and first line contain oxymorons.  They are like the phrase “song without words” in the titles of several musical compositions.
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Wordless Oratorio
|Singing silent songs
|of long warm days returning,
|bee and bloom duet.
|In vernal pools near bare trees,
|spring peepers chant the chorus.
haiku, music

Thanks, Felix


Tho it has the structure of a baroque oratorio, it is early romantic in style.  Tho sung in German, the vocal lines have the beauty and intensity of sacred music in Latin.  Have U heard it?
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True story.  One day when I was failing and flailing some years ago, I turned on the radio and heard some unusual and then-unfamiliar music.  Tho it had the structure of a baroque oratorio, it was a hybrid of baroque and early romantic in style.  Tho sung in German, the vocal lines had the beauty and spiritual intensity of sacred music in Latin.  Mesmerized, I listened until the piece ended and made a note when the announcer said who composed it.  Yes, Mendelssohn.  No, it was not his more famous (and more operatic) oratorio Elijah.

Ad Honorem: Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, 1809–1847
|My career implodes.
|Tears flow. Great music consoles:
|Mendelssohn’s Saint Paul.