Post-weekend Poetry 112: World Song by Sandy Hartman

Welcome to Post-weekend Poetry and the one hundred and twelfth poem in this series. This week’s piece welcomes back Sandy Hartman.

World Song

image 1Why would you ask me to write a world song
When my world sings of itself already?

Its songs rise in volcanic furioso and whispers of zephyrs’ pianissimo
They resound in the basso profundo of mountains that rise from the Earth and shift the lands
They rumble through mighty currents that move the ocean’s hidden depths

Songs in the treble chitters of restless atoms and golden lion tamarinds
In the world web’s digital ticks shaping time and space
Songs in sotto voce of the ceaseless winds at play
Arpeggios of cascade sprays tumbling over mighty waterfalls
Trills of sunbeams raining upon the valley lands and prairie seas below
Staccatos of stinging sands that zing across the scorch of forbidden deserts

Listen to the frenzied scherzos of bustling crowds and 5:00 traffic
Hear the cities hum, hear the children play
Mark the sounds of wildebeest and buffalo in endless migrations across the homelands
Back and forth and back and forth and back again
Mark the courtly songs of swans and cranes
And their echoing calls across the trackless skyways
North to south and north to south and back again
Year by year by year 

My world dances in butterfly sambas, sunflower salsas and the rhythm and beat of nations
In the fleeting waltz of hummingbirds and bees and the restless fits of silvered fish
In the serenades of nightingales’ evensongs, pious choirs, and the haunting howls of wolves

On it sings in sonata, dirge, and celebration
Of life, death and resurrection
Each creature a welcomed note in a glorious symphony on this small blue green planet
That we call home

What would you have me write
When it is already written?

For those who would listen
For those who would see
For those who will sing

© 12/9/13 Sandy Hartman


I asked Sandy what prompted this piece and she said…

So much is happening in our hectic world.  It is easy to be blinded by the unpredictable realities that dog our lives and that too often keep us always confronting seemingly endless and often painful struggles.   Our instant worldwide communications breakthroughs seem only to compound our knowledge of the hardships and tragedies that beset our own lives and all life on this planet.  Now, more than ever, it is important to step back and consider the global view of this planet and it’s wonder of life and what it really is… for a moment to be conscious of its miracle in the cosmic whole.  Just how did it all happen and why.  Why is there life and, yes, even why us.  To that moment we all must seek, I dedicate this poem.


It was great to have you back. Thank you, Sandy.

SandySandy is a retired public school teacher at the high school and junior high levels, a member of Pen Women of America, Moxy Laureate for and the creator of the site Her poetry is published in several journals and three poems placed first in various contests. She does not self-publish, her hubris in creating, she says, is quite enough. She’s had the good fortune to travel to several countries in Asia and lived for a time in Saigon, Vietnam and Vientiane, Laos during the war. She is most of all, a visionary poet, as you can well see by her site.


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