EPIC Poetry Group: Poet’s Corner — The Dharma, Last Night

My Edmonds News is pleased to present the latest installment of Poet’s Corner, presented by the Edmonds-based EPIC Poetry Group.

The Dharma

(on listening via YouTube to Yo-Yo Ma in May, 2020)

Today I am here on this planet to listen
My enervated ears to the sound of the cello
Every breath slowing to match the luxurious pace
Of Bach’s Suites a Violoncello Solo Senza Basso

Yo-Yo wields the bow because he must
His performance a lustrous gift to all humanity
Playing without sheet music because he lives the music
While we are all brought to life in the listening

Today I’m here to listen in my living room
(No sound of muffled cough from concert hall crowds)
As the cello speaks to us in a voice that’s human
Convincing us all that we are the music

Cynthia Hénon

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Last Night

I dreamt last night
I was taking the SAT
with the wrong pencil

But that hardly mattered
because I was coughing
cotton stuck in my throat

I reached in my mouth
slowly pulled out a sock
a men’s white crew sock

“Well, that explains it” I thought
trying to refocus
the test in front of me

Still, a tickle in my throat
I reached in again
pulled out a long silk scarf, pink

and a terry-cloth hand towel
A magician’s trick, but really
more like a plumber, clearing a hair-clogged drain

I’m wondering now
in waking life,
What keeps us from speaking out?

Cynthia Hénon

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Cynthia Hénon is a poet, yoga teacher, and full time Mama. She proudly participates in the monthly EPIC Poetry Group and her work can be found in their anthology, Soundings of the Salish Sea. She lives with her family in beautiful Edmonds.

  1. Cindy,
    Those are so lovely and I am duly impressed by your tenderness, sensitive style and vocabulary. You have shown me yet another gift you share with us!

  2. Cynthia, I LOVE both these poems so much. I listened to the Yo Yo Ma Concert too, and found it to be exactly as you have so beautifully described it. And Last Night — Wow! Your dream — and the ways that it reflects the larger question that many of us are asking ourselves — is absolutely perfect. I can’t wait to read more of your profound words.

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