Saturday, January 11, 2014

The Final Concert


 All the members of the band listed below are on the current endangered species list. I would argue that Man should also be included, largely due to his own greed and stupidity. You can hear their 'Swan Song' here. I do not know if there is a species that will record our demise.




I want to play in a band with a crazy name,
hear the base trombone that the blue whales blow,
trumpet with the elephant, and grunt with the lion,
hear the swarm and the hive, sing and jive.

I want to play in a band with a crazy name,
see the colours and the sounds, rise and fall;
a pulsing rainbow from life's one aura,
where my voice will not signal, fear to them all.

I want to play in a band with a crazy name,
be announced by the brassy Whooping Crane;
rhythms ratcheted up by Puerto Rican Crested Toads,
in the back, Cascade Frogs clearing their throats in vain..


I want to play in a band with a crazy name
Pacific Walrus plaintiff strumming;
wind section of Bare Shanked Screeching Owls,
and American Alligators, percussion rolling.


I want to play in a band with a crazy name,
where the Common Loon will make mocking fun,
of the all too serious Mexican grey wolf,
and the Polar Bear can still swallow the sun.

I want to play in a band with a crazy name,
a band that needs no more rehearsals,
a band that calls us all together,
a band with a crazy name like . . . Earth.

© Niall OConnor 2013


12 comments:

  1. Niall, that was superb, made me cry

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  2. Excellent!!!!

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  3. Poetry for HumanityJanuary 11, 2014 at 5:29 PM

    Certainly a new favourite of mine Niall. Thank you! In style, voice reminded me of Heaney.

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  4. Me too.. Beautiful Niall!

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  5. Wonderful, Niall. Beautifully read! Well done.

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  6. Love this, Niall, and I heard you read, Excellent !

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  7. Wonderful Niall. I love this one!

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  8. Sadly beautiful.Lovely to hear you read it.

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    1. Thank you Rosemary, and a very Happy and productive New Year to you . . .

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  9. Tears over here, too. This is just beautiful, Niall. We took the boys to the zoo last weekend and my oldest kept seeking out the stats on all the animals there. He was horrified to see how many were nearing endangered status.

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