Choir Reveries

The men sing lower and the women higher:
we range from earth to heaven in the choir.
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“Does God exist and love us?” you inquire.
I answer – singing – with a church’s choir.
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We’ll die, our prospects evidently dire,
but we affirm life’s triumph in a choir.
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As current for a light flows through a wire,
a melody’s delight flows through the choir.
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A soul is clothed in flesh, and that attire
is woven by the one praised by the choir.
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Though discord forces globally conspire,
may harmonies prevail – as in the choir.
Somerville Angel

We don’t live for possessions we acquire
but for the Love we’re praising in a choir.
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Mario A. Pita

Inspired by the choir of Saint John The Evangelist, Cambridge, MA

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7 Responses to Choir Reveries

  1. Daniel lLamoureux says:

    These are lovely, Mario. I hope you’ll share them with the choir. Did you take the last photo at this year’s Easter Vigil?

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  2. mariaisabelpita says:

    Beautiful. I wish I could sing in a choir! My favorite is Emily’s glimmering blue fingernails holding the flour below the woven sweater.

  3. Don Tonti says:

    Thank you, Mario, for these wonderful couplets and their complements in the photos!

    Your reflections on the choir lead me to think of a theme from Tolkien’s _Silmarillion_, a topic that comforts me when my singing seems stuck a bit too close to earth, and not quite as far as heaven (couplet 1). The comforting thought is that no singing, however bad, is such as to be beyond God’s work! As in: “And thou, Melkor, shalt see that no theme may be played that hath not its uttermost source in me, nor can any alter the music in my despite. For he that attempteth this shall prove but mine instrument in the devising of things more wonderful, which he himself hath not imagined.” But that’s enough dorky references to Tolkien for now! And thanks again for sharing these beautiful couplets!

  4. Kathleen says:

    Hi Mario, these are beautiful. Thanks also for joining the Boston Minstrels’ Meetup group. We’ve been singing in shelters, hospitals, elder facilities and at community events for 25 years, and all are welcome to join us. Just email Tim at bostonminstrel@aol.com and he will add you to our mailing list. Check out our schedule at http://www.bostonminstrel.org
    Hope to see you again soon!

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