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No larger than a sparrow,
the skylark soars heavenward.
then tumbles earthward like a stone,
trilling her silvery chir-r-up, chir-r-up,
chir-r-up, chir-r-up.

When evening comes, she rests
in grassy nest, on firm ground;
silently she contemplates
her day, until the morning sun
compels her to sing again
her cheerful chir-r-up, chir-r-up.

I marvel at her skill and reach
for my violin, apply rosin
to the bow and play the cadenza
from Beethoven’s violin concerto
in d-major. I marvel at the similarity
between the lark’s chir-r-up, chir-r-up
and Ludwig’s cadenza. What a teacher,
the lark--and what a diligent listener
nearly-deaf Ludwig van Beethoven had been!

Note: Beethoven often imitated nature sounds
in his compositions.

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Well, as soon as I saw your title I knew it would be musical. Your true love of music really shines in this and may I also say your appreciation with nature, what could be more beautiful. Beautiful imagery throughout enriched with the atmosphere of Beethoven. I adore the Grand Piano, amongst many instruments, the violin and guitar, I know many people who are Musicians and in my local town we have a Soprano who I am proud to call my friend. I couldn't imagine a life without music Sir, and this poem makes me feel joyful. I enjoyed your title and your language, you brought it all to life.

Thank you...Teddy

I hope Dante won't rise from the crypt and slap me around for saying you are a dear lady. Thank you for your sweet comment, and now I should get into my day clothes and get some work done before Lynda disowns me. Therefore--please, have a wonderful day, and don't disturb Dante in his sound sleep. Jerry, your huckleberry.

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