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Poems From Bard to Verse

by Mel Wade

 

Ode to The Music Teacher

Though this poem attempts to feature
An adoring "Ode to the Music Teacher",
No mere rhyme can hope to reach
The essence of the ones who teach.
From history and from music glory
We'll cite just two from song and story:

First think about the "unsung" hero
Responsible for training Nero!
Isn't it a bit ironic
That as Rome burned he waxed symphonic,
And though the place was piping hot
They said the tune was not so hot?

Or mind the feat of Harold Hill
Whose music gave the town a thrill
Some say he preyed upon the masses
(And oversold the group on brasses.)
And what he did was pretty scary
With a simple song called "Gary".

These illustrations set the "tone"
So we can celebrate our own.
One maestro seeking to inspire
Formed a "sewing machine girls' choir"
(Without a 'Singer' in the bunch)
---They had to practice during lunch.

Yes, kudos to our educators
Creative guides and activators.
Teaching vocal, instrumental
For talented and temperamental.
Within each group there'll be one gifted
Per ninety-nine who'll be uplifted.
Accepting all who seek this art
(Though never sticking to one part.)

The post requires great restraint
Which tests the patience of a saint.
(Batons have shattered on some stands
But never on offending bands.)
What 'a-capella " means is surely
That the choir sang too early.

Surely mentors we admire
Are likely seeking to retire.
And when they someday meet their fate
The gift of music's their estate.
We're sure they'll lead the heavenly choir
Or accompany with the lyre.

And without doubt they'll know the score
And please us with one more encore.
Singing as they wait their fates
St. Pete will part the pearly gates.
But this time will not ring the bell
Because they've had their share of --- music.

(Please don't place a metronome
To check the meter of this poem)

 

Published in "The Wisconsin Musician" 10/98

 

Reprinted here with the kind permission of the author Mel Wade -   August 12, 1998

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