A still life by Pieter Claesz‘A Case of Ghosts’ and Other Poetry by Julian Woodruff The Society July 6, 2020 Culture, Humor, Music, Poetry 5 Comments A Case of Ghosts (Full Fathom Five parodied) In cradling case my fiddle lies, Waiting for the owner’s hand. Strings all slack, its music dies. Yet a not-quite-silent band There conspires to haunt my heart— Wonder of the maker’s art. Ghosts rise. From within they knock. Hark! Now I hear Brahms, Mozart, Bach. The Side-Show after the Prologue to Erdgeist, by Frank Wedekind This side-show, dearest viewer, is at your service, To form, inform, and entertain your mind. Don’t let the bricks that fly here make you nervous, But calmly take what pleasure you may find. You won’t see here the ordinary scribblings That plague the world of poetry today, But honest efforts made by would-be siblings, Determined to give formal verse its say. We’re cheerleaders, comediennes, and scholars, Even police—coppers who quote the laws To keep in line those too free–wheeling scrawlers Who’d add a stress or ill–invert a clause. Let’s not forget producer and director: He works behind the scene with mics and lights. He’s the bad taste and ignorance detector, And keeps this verbal pageant in his sights … Julian D. Woodruff was a teacher, orchestral musician, and librarian. He served for several years as librarian at the Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA. He now resides in the area of Rochester, NY, where he writes poetry and fiction, much of it for children. His work has appeared in Frostfire Worlds and on the websites of Carmina, Parody Poetry, and Reedsy. His GPS poem placed tenth in the last riddle contest of The Society of Classical Poets. NOTE: The Society considers this page, where your poetry resides, to be your residence as well, where you may invite family, friends, and others to visit. Feel free to treat this page as your home and remove anyone here who disrespects you. Simply send an email to email@example.com. Put “Remove Comment” in the subject line and list which comments you would like removed. The Society does not endorse any views expressed in individual poems or comments and reserves the right to remove any comments to maintain the decorum of this website and the integrity of the Society. Please see our Comments Policy here. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) 5 Responses Leo Zoutewelle July 6, 2020 Pithy and on-pointe! Well done, Julian Reply Julian D. Woodruff July 6, 2020 Thank you, Leo. Thanks, too, to the “produce and director” for so quickly fixing a little flub that had slipped in with my submission. Reply Margaret Coats July 6, 2020 Julian, “The Side Show” smiles as a most amusing invitation to the site, especially in combination with the humor of our producer and director in the Claesz still life. We see you way back in the mirror, not fiddling but painting. Still, in the foreground there is the violin, not in its case, but ready for you to pick up and enliven some one from your “Case of Ghosts.” Thank you, and keep up practice in your varied arts. Reply Julian D. Woodruff July 6, 2020 Thanks, Margaret Woefully decreasing mobility in my left wrist and forearm make the violin and the viola dubious battles at this point. (They were never what you might call fields of shining victory, anyway.) Giving some thought to tackling cello and / or viols. Meanwhile, I’ve spent (or wasted) a bit of time on a listening project: the duo sonatas of Beethoven. Having completed that, wondering what might be next … The Claesz, to me, is both apropos and amusing. I wonder what was in that goblet before it was drained. (I’ve done some of my best playing, and some of my worst, on 2 cans of beer.) Reply Margaret Coats July 7, 2020 Julian, I’m sorry to hear of the left arm afflictions, and glad to hear that you’re thinking about what to take up next. If the arm difficulties also affect typing, and you haven’t yet had a neurology check for carpal tunnel syndrome, that might be worthwhile. In any case, the work on children’s literature seems to be a bright prospect for the future. Best wishes. Reply Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.