The Beatles

masters of lyric
masters of music
masters of harmony
master songsmiths
you raised us
as 
you raised yourselves
from notation illiterate
to craftsmen majestic
the birds
when they hear your melodies listen
hushed in admiration 
and learn

you connected us 
across lands of difference, waters vast and cultures divergent
universal emotions spilled when we heard your work
in your lives you have sung our lives
our joys and sorrows
our hopes and aspirations
our loves and losses
our frivolities and consequence

and still
our hearts open to your words 
as if our own we know them
part of the human life song
playful, raaucous, challenging, beautiful
full of pleasures and sadness

as you endure beyond all before you 
you mark the significance of your generation
you inspire generations to come
your song has lived long
and will not fade while we can listen
because we hear with hearts and minds 
that will always quicken or quieten 
in tune with your words and music

Today’s dVerse prompt is from Sannaa. She asked us to write in a form of traditional poetry called “panegyric” poetry. Poetry of effusive praise.

14 thoughts on “The Beatles

    • I think their music will always be with us. It might not be new to us, but it never ages. It will always be new to the generations who did not live with them as a group. I have already enjoyed so much of the irreimagining.

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  1. Sean,
    Their music is timeless in all the ways you enumerate: funny, I was listening to “Twist and Shout” earlier, and John Lennon’s primal scream in the middle of it reminded me what a moment in musical history that was.
    pax,
    dora

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  2. This is wonderfully composed! 💝💝 I especially resonate with; “you mark the significance of your generation you inspire generations to come your song has lived long and will not fade while we can listen.” Thank you so much for writing to the prompt 😀

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