My Cart 


Music in Black and White
Emily Strauss

Large windows frame gold-dry hills
Across the valley from the modern
Art museum in black and white
The audience in white and black:
Dark pants, light shirts
White hair, older, subdued
Appreciative as the sound
Echoes from white walls, black
Frames, duotone photographs.
The exhibit: black pen on paper
Acrylic on wood
The music: zen
Flute plays a few stray notes,
Casual improvisation, a break:
Laughter rises, more chairs
More people, students
Children, locals and tourists
Gallery lighting bright white.
The space unfurls within
The sound textures, molded
Layers, the flute multiplies
Music shifts, fades— then
Talk, the audience waiting.
Next some piano rising and
Falling, tones like floating
Bubbles touch the paintings’
Painted surfaces, white
Faces, black chairs in rows.
Some viewers just strolling
Come for the art, others
Snooze sprawled on the floor.
It’s dark outside when we leave:
White moon on the black hills.
© by Emily Strauss.
Used with the author’s permission.


Emily Strauss lives near San Francisco, California. A former English teacher who now tutors privately, Emily’s poems have appeared in Wordletting, Snakeview, Poetry Macao, and other journals. Her work tends to focus on the natural world, on images and sense perceptions. When she's not writing, Emily enjoys gardening, cooking, camping, and hiking.

Post New Comment:
Janet Leahy:
The poem: zen, like the music, like the art, like the experience as the poem unfurls, lovely. Thanks, Emily
Posted 06/23/2012 07:42 AM
What a terrific poem - visually and aurally, Emily. Bruce Hunter from north of the 49th parallel....I retired yesterday as an English prof. for 29 years....
Posted 06/23/2012 06:59 AM

Contents of this web site and all original text and images therein are copyright © by Your Daily Poem. All rights reserved.
As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. Purchasing books through any poet's Amazon links helps to support Your Daily Poem.
The material on this site may not be copied, reproduced, downloaded, distributed, transmitted, stored, altered, adapted,
or otherwise used in any way without the express written permission of the owner.