May 29, 1913 (Reimagined)

The ultimate note
its fading spell
abandoning at last
that peaceful air

and everyone
just sitting there
agape and dazed
for what they heard

but then applause
so generous
grown thunderous
with gratitude

for history
so made and played
defiant dance

this Rite of passage
raved parade
this prelude to
tomorrow's scores.

May 29, 1913 (Reimagined) © Copyright 2021, Robert J. Tiess.

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Challenge prompt link:
Poem inspired by Stravinsky's Rite of Spring and the so-called "riot" that was said to have occurred at that performance:
Here, in this poem, the situation was reimagined to include a creatively open-minded audience who actually appreciated the performance and cheered this staggeringly different and modern event that would, in turn, help inspire 20th century music into new directions.
Submitted: March 23, 2019