“The Concert of Cerridwen’s Joy”

 

The Concert of Cerridwen’s Joy

 

I enter the concert hall

          with my saxophone

case and

          find myself

surrounded

          by

legit musicians

 

Cerridwen beams, hands me

          a score

and cues the beginning

          keeping time

yet leaving room

          for interpretation.

 

          encircled by

leaping and frolicking phrases

          I feel the vibrations

reach my secret self

            and join in

tasting every note

 

          sometimes

the notes are provided

          or not…

I improv through

          these empty spaces

in my score

 

          as the song unfolds

I am surprised

          to hear

a doumbek

an mbira

a bodhrán

a shakuhachi

 

          all the instruments

of the world

          woven together

with my

          saxophone

in this concert

of Cerridwen’s joy

 

-Tara L. Carnes

 

 

*Ceridwen is regarded as the Celtic goddess of rebirth, transformation, and inspiration.

Poem first published in SageWoman Magazine, Issue 93, June 2018.


 

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