A tall rock wall for the poem Intrepid

Intrepid – fearlessness as climbing and dancing

intrepid adjective in·​trep·​id | \ in-ˈtre-pəd  \

characterized by resolute fearlessness, fortitude, and endurance.

Multi-Media Art

Today, I’m presenting another video using the music from “Piano Plus Suite“. Like Be Kind, I chose to only use a portion of the music in the video.

This time, I also wrote a new poem that goes with this piece. Again, I’ve only included tiny bits of the poetry in the video, so read on for the full poem.

Thanks for your support. (By the way, “Piano Plus Suite” is available on Spotify, Apple Music, Pandora, Amazon, or your favorite streaming service.)

Intrepid (the poem)

As if the rock wall
were a ladder,
you climb.
Practicing,
rehearsing
diligently for days
on end
has
truly,
truly
prepared
you

for this moment.

Repetition
is the friend
of memory.
But it is
not always friendly
to sinews,
tendons,
carpals, and
tarsals.

We humans
are fragile
creatures.
No matter
how we may
protest,
we cannot
escape the
truth
of our
finitude.

You, on the
wall, reject —
however momentary —
the fear of
that finality.
You, brave heart
and practiced
limbs,
climbing
those
seemingly solid
stones.

In my youth,
I hopped 
with my friends across
boulders.
It was in one of those
moments that I
discovered
my hunger for
solitude. You see,
I was faster across
those mighty rocks
than my peers.

Out at the end of a
stone jetty
(I don’t know where),
what seemed
to me to be
far out
to sea,
I drank in the
Alone that was
my other friend.

And so, to you
dancing with
the rock wall,
I raise my glass
in thanks.
You have reminded me
of one part of
my True North.

As you dance on to the
top of the mountain,
I adjust my course
and track towards
home.

~ spontaneously composed in response to the piano improv, Intrepid, from “Piano Plus Suite
~ Copyright © 2021 by Stan Stewart and muz4now, inc. All rights reserved.

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