Posts Tagged ‘Orchestra Musicians’

Last-String Limerick

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

In its latest Thursday Think Tank, Poets United prompts our muses with the word “strings.” It struck a chord with me, inspiring this limerick tale of an unstrung cellist:

Last-String Limerick
By Madeleine Begun Kane

“That conductor has strung me along,”
Said a cellist. “He’s doing me wrong.
He promised first chair,
But instead I’m nowhere:
Stuck in back, the last stand, near the gong.”

(Related Limericks: Musical Chairs; Musical Faux Pas; and Musical Discord.)

Orchestrating Haiku

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

Symphony of black,
my uniform for decades —
stage no longer mine.


Harmonics converge
in a dissonant parade
of the marching bands.


(Thanks for the uniform prompt.)

Musical Haiku Quintet

Saturday, February 26th, 2011

String quartet concert
missing one violinist—
time to improvise.


Cruising musician
garners Carnegie Hall gig—
fantasy at sea.


Distracted jazzer
misplaces his melodies—
loses audience.


Clueless conductor
hurls baton at oboist—
finally a cue.


Billy Joel said:
We Didn’t Start The Fire.
Maybe we need to.


(My first and third haiku were inspired by The Writer’s Island improvise prompt. My second haiku was inspired by Haiku Wednesday’s fantasy prompt. My late addition 5th haiku was inspired by Sunday Scribblings’ fire prompt.)

Those &^%$#$% Auditions!!!

Monday, February 12th, 2007

Those &^%$#$% Auditions!!!
By Madeleine Begun Kane

If a symphony job is your mission,
You’d better learn how to audition.
Those try-outs are trying.
Remember, no crying!
Can’t hack it? Become a physician.