The edge that crackles

A Wild Cherry in flower. Français : Un Merisie...
A Wild Cherry in flower. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I work with some absolutely phenomenal people on a daily and weekly basis.  I am a professional pianist.  One of my jobs, is to play for undergraduate voice majors during their weekly lessons and performances.  One of the professors I work with was taught by voice teacher Thom Houser.

That professor, my good friend Sue, sent out this poem when Thom died  a while ago.  I spoke to me, and I saved it.

This is what Sue said when she sent the poem:
Thom loved this poem. He devoted his life to helping us

“be more ourselves…”

Is this not what a great teacher does?…help us to find more of who we truly are, deep inside.
There is true joy in each of us if we stop enough to hear it sing.

(photo credits for blooming crabapple gallery:  quirkyjazz)(JillHasker)

The Wild Cherry Tree

Why does the wild cherry tree
on the Hudson
make everything
more so
more itself?

So the green
of the elm is greener than
when it stands alone,
the sky

So you
are one of those
who make others
more themselves
more what they

Of those who draw them to the extreme verge,
the edge
that crackles:
that is
your beauty:
that is what
you do.

Hilda Morley

“Let the beauty of what you love be what you do.”
― Rumi

Shams of Tabriz as portrayed in a 1500 paintin...
Shams of Tabriz as portrayed in a 1500 painting in a page of a copy of Rumi’s poem dedicated to Shams. BNF Paris. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)



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I am a pianist, musician, music teacher, choir director, mother, wife, daughter, sister, cousin, sister-in-law, friend, neighbor. I enjoy music (of course!), quilting, sewing, beading, traveling, kayaking, camping, biking, hiking, gardening, knitting, scrapbooking, cooking, reading, poetry, drinking good coffee, and having fun with family and friends. NOTE -- Creative Commons License: All work of The Tromp Queen (quirkyjazz, aka Jill) is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 4.0 Unported License.

5 thoughts on “The edge that crackles”

    1. Thank you for your kind compliments! One of my very best friends is named Wendy, and she loves the color green, too. I checked out your blog(s) and will follow them both. It is nice to meet you.

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