14 December 2016

The Twelfth Night is Love


If music be the food of love, play on.
Give me excess of it that, surfeiting,
The appetite may sicken, and so die.
   ~ Shakespeare, Twelfth Night, Act I sc i

How peace turns upside down
until this night’s Epiphany,
when music shows its reason and
Lord of Misrule ends his season.

If music be the food of love,
play on, calls Orsino in pain
who loves his Viola in vain ~
too much, too little to be sane.

Yet music feeds a greater love
than daily truth allows, admits
pathways of possibility
beyond human mortality.

Before the Comedy can end
Shakespeare allows his characters
to see their folly and enter
sober into Love’s deep center.

That’s where harmony turns the spheres,
celestial tunes play without end,
false lust transforms into kindness,
and peace and justice start to dance.  

And off the stage that mirrors us
we have this chance again to hum
remembered hymns af Joy and Love
and right the wrongs that caged the dove.

For Sumana's 

Poets United Midweek Motif ~ Music

Inspired by Parker Palmer's Bringing Christmas Back Down to Earth 
and by this song: 

My blog poems are rough drafts.
Please respect my copyright.

© 2016 Susan L. Chast


kaykuala said...

false lust transforms into kindness,
and peace and justice start to dance.

If only peace and justice can act in tandem the world is a great place to be in


Sherry Blue Sky said...

I love that music "admits pathways of possibility". It is no wonder that people on protest lines sing songs together, to shore up their spirits. I LOVE when "peace and justice start to dance." May they begin soon.

Gillena Cox said...

Such a profound serving on music; my favourite lines

"Yet music feeds a greater love
than daily truth allows, admits"

Thanks for the video, I luvved it gonna share it too

much love...

Myrna R. said...

Oh Susan how beautifully you respond to Shakespeare. May the music of peace and justice play loudly so all can hear.
(Thank you for your comment on my blog. Of course you can share my poem. It's an honor.

rallentanda said...

Right the wrongs that caged the dove...indeed!

I am pleased you used the Shakespeare quote. You have constructed a wonderful poem inspired by it.

Anonymous said...

Caught in that ending - "we have this chance again to hum"
As good as this is, that one line took me away

Anonymous said...

love the shakespeare reference, woven so beautifully into your message.

Audrey Howitt aka Divalounger said...

Well I loved this--If Music Be the Food of Love is one of my favorites--and Purcell (among others) composed some beautiful settings of this text--

I teach them often--I am sorry that I missed this prompt--but your piece is wonderful!

Rosemary Nissen-Wade said...

I love where this poem goes, and the beautiful language it uses to get there.

purplepeninportland.com said...

It is a lovely place where peace and justice can dance. Beautiful!

Sumana Roy said...

ah...every word of the poem is coming from love's deep center that the world so direly needs today...every line is my favorite...

Sanaa Rizvi said...

Yet music feeds a greater love
than daily truth allows, admits
pathways of possibility
beyond human mortality.

Gorgeously penned, Susan❤️ I am sure Shakespeare must be smiling right now❤️

Anonymous said...

A wise reading of a very deep comedy, the serious business of Love and the bars we must get through to free the dove (perfect final line). The real tragedy is that we're all such fools at love. Great stuff, Susan.

Jae Rose said...

I can't claim to understand Shakespeare but peace and justice seem like the very best roots for music and joy

annell4 said...

Susan this is a very good one! I loved reading it, seems to be perfect for the season! I am touched by, "love's deep center."

Mary said...

Oh I do hope that the lord of misrule will soon end his season.... Waiting for the curtain of his stage to go down.

We need to bring on that dance of peace and justice, the dance that seems to have gotten lost, and hopefully we can all sing hymns of joy and love and mean them....as we celebrate peace on earth good well to all!

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