Thursday, 14 August 2014

Flight of the Bumblebee

Tsung Tsung’s** fingers begin the dance

Calling the magical Swan-Bird

Who is supposed to help the Prince

To visit his father the Tsar

I gape in wonder


 His fingers now talk in rhythm

Will the enchanted bird arrive?

To send the Prince to the Tsar’s court

The Prince is ready to buzz off

I drink the music


The fairy tale door opens wide

The Bird casts her spell

Prince Gvidon sprouts wings

Pianist sets free the bumblebee

 My happy feet dance

*an orchestral interlude written by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov for his opera The Tale of Tsar Saltan (based on a Russian folk tale) composed in 1899-1900.
**an amazing child pianist  
I am not sure if this poem followed any meter…

Posted @ d’Verse MTB where the prompt is Your (Own) Beat



  1. Oooh those little fingers.. how they can do it.. what rhythm.. every now and then an amazing talent comes to the surface.. I'm amazed at such talent.. If you want to check another talented child.. check out Angelina Jordan from Norway..

  2. i enjoy Kundalini meditation..but i don't fully play by the rules..instead of meditating still and focusing on chakra locations..i dance TAI CHI free..and hum along with such...

    like a hovering TAI CHI BEE in the yard...

    And yes..i do feel liberated

    in the hive!...:)

    But anyway..this is what your melodious words...remind me of..have a nice day..friend..:)and smiles 2!

  3. oh you know i love when you literally can hear and experience the story with all its moods and the things that happen in an instrumental piece... it goes so underneath the skin...very very cool...

  4. nice....the rhythms you put in def make me think of the bumble...or the piano....this little kid is amazing...i have seen the vid before and it is crazy...i hope that he continues to find joy in it for years to come...

  5. I like the idea of a pianist's fingers talking in rhythm. I do think this is true, especially of gifted pianists who play artistically. I have never heard of this pianist, but it sounds like he is one to keep an eye on!

  6. A great idea to link the music to the performance. The rhythm is good, but I don't think it's any particular meter, though many of your lines are iambic in character - but who cares with such a successful poem.

  7. Wonderful rhythm in this to go with the words. The child is a true prodigy.

  8. Yes I think you wrote in what are pretty standard beats. I'm not sure it's particularly American, but we tend to drop the soft lead-in unstressed syllables. We begin on stressed syllables and end on them. Generally speaking in iambs and anapests as you do here with added spondees for emphasis or occasionally trading an iamb for a trochee but following with an iamb. The rhythms aren't regular when we speak that way, there a little jagged, a little jazzy I think. In the Flight of the Bumblebee, RK accented the first note of every phrase implying that the bee was moving to another place while continuously buzzing. It's a fast and difficult piece..all the more impressive played by a prodigy. Well done.

  9. I believe that child prodigies bring their talents from a former life into the new one; just sidestepping the veil of forgetfulness; nice take on the prompt.

  10. I love the role of listener here! Brilliant poem, because I both hear and see.

  11. I like Glenn's thoughts on prodigies and how you brought the music to the page, nice!

  12. His fingers talk in rhythm--that's a great line! Very well done.

  13. Nice! Knowing the rhythm you intended (similar to but occasionally different from what I'd have guessed) added to my enjoyment.

  14. Oh how cool, beautifully played.

  15. I could see the fingers dance!

  16. I love the fast beat and magical story set to the music background ~

    Such energy bouncing off his fingers, wow ~


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