Opus Us


and slow yourself down.
Don’t beat yourself up.
Think key largo
and slip into three-quarter time.

I’ll dance with you
to any music, any time,
any place, any where.
Except the polka.
I hate dots and oompah bands.


Victoria is hosting dVerse today, a virtual pub for poets. She asks us to write a poem that incorporates music. Bar opens at 3 PM Boston time….stop by and add your own musical voice, scat with us, or just enjoy some of the other folks jammin’.  For those non-musicians among my readers, opusstaccato, rest, beat, key (as in key signature), largo (as in slowly), 3/4 time, note and of course polka all refer to music. Photo/graphic credit to freepik.com

31 thoughts on “Opus Us

  1. kanzensakura December 8, 2016 / 3:02 pm

    As alive as you are, how can you hate a good polka? I like this play with words you did. Fun poem!

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    • lillian December 8, 2016 / 6:31 pm

      Went to the light side again. 🙂 I do love to dance….but from the time I was young, I did not like the polka as I thought I was just being flung around the floor and totally out of control. Alas….the polka, at least the way I experienced it, was too wild for me!


  2. Victoria C. Slotto December 8, 2016 / 3:03 pm

    Actually, a polka would be great right now under these oppressive largo skies. Love how you incorporate so much into this, Lillian.

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    • lillian December 8, 2016 / 6:31 pm

      Well, I’d take a tap dance or high kicking like the Rockets to brighten up the mood 🙂 Gald you enjoyed.

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  3. Glenn Buttkus December 8, 2016 / 3:06 pm

    My dancing days are trey calando, but I love the feel, the unabashed joy communicated by your piece. I went with the city’s symphony, as it, & I, awaken. I’m not a musician, but I love the Italian musical terms, music in themselves.

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    • lillian December 8, 2016 / 6:33 pm

      As my husband and I used to say at our childrens’ music competitions and concerts…when asked if they got their talent from us….”well, no. We play the comb with wax paper and the spoons!” 🙂
      Will be dancing over to read in the early AM. Look forward to your symphony!


  4. kim881 December 8, 2016 / 3:09 pm

    I love that opening, Lillian, and the way the rhythm is reflected in the form! I’m not keen on dots or oompah bands either!.

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    • lillian December 8, 2016 / 6:34 pm

      Staccato words….yep. Poetry so often is words in music….or music in words? 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

    • lillian December 8, 2016 / 6:34 pm

      Glad you enjoyed, Renee! 🙂 Smiling I am.


  5. Waltermarks December 8, 2016 / 6:05 pm

    I’d like to think “key largo”. I was raised in South Miami, but haven’t seen it in 40 years. Great read

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    • lillian December 8, 2016 / 6:35 pm

      Yep….play on words….the warm and sultry place of Key Largo….and the idea of the key signature and the slow rhythm of largo in music. 🙂 Glad you enjoyed!

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    • lillian December 8, 2016 / 6:36 pm

      In a light mood again…….glad you enjoyed! Ooompah to ya! 🙂


  6. Truedessa December 9, 2016 / 12:04 am

    This was fun, yes slow down the beat and head to Key Largo…love it…

    Liked by 1 person

    • lillian December 12, 2016 / 11:58 am

      mmmm….that 3/4 time…..:)


  7. Misky December 9, 2016 / 4:26 am

    I’m with you on the polka thing. Thanks, but no!

    Liked by 1 person

  8. lynn__ December 9, 2016 / 8:49 am

    Fabulous flow to this…a lilting Lillian dance 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  9. paulscribbles December 9, 2016 / 9:59 am

    A delightful composition which moves through a series of rhythmical phrases and trips the light fandango. Bravo.

    Liked by 1 person

    • lillian December 12, 2016 / 12:00 pm

      Ah thank you, Paul. Smiling I am!


  10. ladynyo December 9, 2016 / 1:03 pm

    LOL! this made me laugh, Lillian. A great take on the prompt. And I’m with you. I hate the polka and square dance. LOL!~

    Liked by 1 person

    • lillian December 12, 2016 / 12:01 pm

      Always glad to hand out smiles and laughter. Give me tap dancing any day! 🙂


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