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    [post_date] => 2016-09-09 10:06:53
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    [post_content] => I know this piece. I can recite each beat;
Time signatures I grasp but, even so,
These accidentals took so long to know,
And I have learned each triplet, each repeat.
I've practised long, would not admit defeat;
It does not matter that I will not shine;
The boring hours are gone, this piece is mine;
My fingers numb, my knowledge is complete.

This hall is silent now, and every eye
Is on the baton raise.  Pause.  Begin,
And deftly, quietly, launch this small bird's flight;
The melody surrounds me, fills my sky;
The lark ascends, the gentle sun pours in;
Discard the page: the day is filled with light.
    [post_title] => Small Song for a Lark
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    [post_modified] => 2016-09-09 10:55:01
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            [wpcf-summary-description] => This poem was a winner of the BBC Proms Poetry Competition. The competition asked people to write poems inspired by a piece of music from the 2016 Proms Season. This poem was inspired by The Lark Ascending by Ralph Vaughan Williams.

Judged by poet and The Verb presenter Ian McMillan, Scottish Makar Jackie Kay and Poetry Society Director Judith Palmer, the winning poems were announced at an event on BBC Radio 3 as part of the Proms Season 2016. [wpcf-rights-information] => [wpcf-poem-award] => Commended, BBC Proms Poetry Competition 2016 (adult category) [wpcf_pr_belongs] => ) [poet_data] => stdClass Object ( [ID] => 17202 [forename] => [surname] => [title] => John Scrivens [slug] => john-scrivens [content] => John Scrivens was commended in the BBC Proms Poetry Competition adult category in 2016. ) )
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    [title] => John Scrivens
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Small Song for a Lark

John Scrivens

I know this piece. I can recite each beat;
Time signatures I grasp but, even so,
These accidentals took so long to know,
And I have learned each triplet, each repeat.
I’ve practised long, would not admit defeat;
It does not matter that I will not shine;
The boring hours are gone, this piece is mine;
My fingers numb, my knowledge is complete.

This hall is silent now, and every eye
Is on the baton raise.  Pause.  Begin,
And deftly, quietly, launch this small bird’s flight;
The melody surrounds me, fills my sky;
The lark ascends, the gentle sun pours in;
Discard the page: the day is filled with light.