Saturday, January 17, 2015

Might Music Transcend Cultures By Speaking From and To the Heart?

Note the Music
by Rachel Hoyt

image by luigi diamanti via

Some notes whisper
sweet nothings that charm.
Some notes shimmer,
send chills up your arm.
Some notes jumble
serious with schtick.
Some notes tumble,
dance, skip, jab, and kick.

They hide behind lyrics.
They build beside beats.
They tug heavy heartstrings.
They soothe sullen streets.

Listen, the notes
are speaking to you.
Listen, the notes'
wisdom will shine through.
Listen, that beat
came from someone's heart.
Listen. Listen.
That sound is pure art.

Copyright © 2014 Rachel Hoyt. All rights reserved.

This poem was inspired by two recent bits of news.
Read more by clicking below, if you so choose:

This study concluded that different cultures react to music in similar ways.
This study supports the theory that Beethoven's music may have been literally heartfelt.

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Saturday, January 3, 2015

Are There Any Straight Answers Anymore?

Some Mouth
by Rachel Hoyt

image by Michelle Meiklejohn via

It seems there are no longer answers
to any perplexing questions,
only tongue twisting word dancers
with responses and suggestions.

The truth is stuck, obscured by the fog,
and some are brewing clouds -
small parts peek out (attention to hog)
as some mouth says stuff that wows crowds.

Copyright © 2014 Rachel Hoyt. All rights reserved.

Is this how it's going to be every time there's a big breach of security?

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Saturday, December 13, 2014

My "Colorful" NY Times Poetry Contest Entry

Monochrome Life
by Rachel Hoyt

Red and yellow,
Black and white -
They look different at first sight.

Dame or fellow,
Queer or straight -
Choices or a stroke of fate?

Shout or bellow,
Stick or stone  -
Words penetrate skin and bone.

Harsh or mellow,
Type or tool -
The monochrome life creates a wise fool.

Copyright © 2014 Rachel Hoyt. All rights reserved.

Nicolas Kristof of the New York Times
asked for poems about color and I sent this rhyme.

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