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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Melody (08/24/06)

TITLE: Poetic Partners
By Amy Nicholson
08/25/06


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A solitary silhouette
Swaying. Swinging.
Keeping time with
Rhythm and rhyme.

Seamlessly separating slightly.
What seemed to be one becomes
Two figures now. Distinct,
Yet never truly parting.


He remains constant and true.
Content to support her with
His strong and, at times,
gentle presence.

She steals the spotlight.
Twirling around him.
He keeps her from flying
Too high or falling too low.

Moving as one entity
They bend and bow.
He bears her weight.
She flatters his soul.

It is a waltz for two.
Each reaching for the other.
A carefully choreographed
Interplay between him and her.

In the end, they come
Together again.
A tender embrace.
Perhaps she is lost in him.

Perhaps, but no matter.
Each was created for the other.
He is the music.
She the melody.

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*Not being blessed with the gift of music as many people are, I find it challenging to define “melody” in words, or at least in non-poetic language. It would seem that in most songs there are three elements or layers: music, melody, and lyrics. The music tells a story. The melody defines the story. The lyrics serve to further define the story. The melody is the layer of the song that “talks.” When I write lyrics to accompany a track of music, I try to imagine the words floating on the music. If the words are too heavy, if they sink, they don’t belong with the music. There should be a gentle balance between the two, a sort of dance.


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Rita Garcia09/01/06
You certainly caught the essense of melody within these beautiful words!
Donna Emery09/03/06
The poem was lovely, and the closing section amplified its beauty. Well done!
Pamela Rosario09/05/06
Very nice. I felt myself on the dance floor.
Jan Ackerson 09/05/06
It takes a skilled writer to describe melody in terms of movement and dance. Bravo!
Joanne Sher 09/06/06
Lovely - and I love the explanation as well. The two complement each other very well!
Val Clark09/06/06
This is beautiful! Thanks for the explanation. It can be read on many layers; your original intention, dancing, a couple in perfect relationship or an allegory of an eternal relationship. Well done. This is what poetry should be.