Notes on Barber’s Adagio for Strings

I could be downtown in Caffe Adagio
or on the southside in my apartment,
hear Samuel Barber’s Adagio for Strings
& be transfixed, rooted to the spot,
unable to move. The music applies bow
to my heartstrings, & I am carried
in the slow climb, the slow build,
the slow movement from melancholy.
Strings transform to slow soar. Moved,
I am lifted & transported finally
from losses & setbacks into wonder
& gratitude at such beauty & transcendence.

~ Andrew Shattuck McBride

On a postcard of the San Juan Islands with Mt. Baker. Mailed to my friend Tallie J.

This is one of my 2013 Postcard Poetry Project poems.

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About Andrew Shattuck McBride

I am a writer, editor, writing coach, and consultant. I work in a variety of genres, including poetry, short stories, and creative non-fiction. I also have a couple of novels simmering on back burners. THANK YOU to Nan Macy of Village Books for taking this photo (June 2011).
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