Musical Comedy or Doggerel for Dilettantes The Sonata Like a Classical sonata, our day opens with a theme, Whether thrown from bed by thunder or lulled softy from a dream. With our breakfast comes a second theme, which contrasts with the first, And includes both toast and cereal and juice to slake our thirst. Next, we leave the house to go where we will study, work, or play While a closing theme transitions to the business of the day. Now our day begins in earnest as the themes weave in and out As we multi-task and juggle on a circuitous route. As the day unfolds we find the themes develop even more, ‘Til we find our way back home and step inside through the front door. Now the sunrise theme returns as we prepare our evening meal And we’re serenaded as we eat our veggies, rice, or veal. Then the second theme appears while we relax and watch TV, Or perhaps we read a book or listen to a good CD. Then at last the final theme returns and like a lullaby It transitions to a coda as we bid the day good-bye. Sarabande Note: The poem should be read as a sarabande—very slowly with the rhythmic pattern being: The Minuet The dainty minuet is set In elegant three-quarter time. It’s sometimes played by a quartet And once was thought to be sublime. The sixteen measures of the dance Are followed by a simple “Trio.” Tempo (sometimes left to chance) Is almost never scored con brio. Ladies, Lords in powdered wigs Would join the dance at a soirée; But those once-coveted shindigs Are not so popular today. The Fugue Fugues are common music themes which twist and wind About like ramen—vying memes each trying to find A tonic ending. Fugues are common music themes Which twist and wind about like ramen—vying memes Each trying to find a tonic ending. Fugues are common Music themes which twist and wind about like ramen— Vying memes each trying to find a tonic ending. (Note: Add gin to make the tonic more mind-bending). Poet's Note: Some years ago, in an attempt to gain a better appreciation of the music of Bach and Handel, I researched and then composed a faux Baroque Suite. A digital recording is below. Among other things, the suite includes examples of a Sarabande, a Minuet & Trio, and two fugues. For an example of (the first movement of) a sonata you will have to look elsewhere." https://www.youtube.com/watch?vX2zC47VwfKU James A. Tweedie is a recently retired pastor living in Long Beach, Washington. He likes to walk on the beach with his wife. He has written and self-published four novels and a collection of short stories. He has several hundred unpublished poems tucked away in drawers.