The Scent of Flowers
Inspired by Shai Wosner's performance of Franz Schubert's Sonata in B-flat Major, D. 960, first movement. Performed at the 2013 Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival.
I felt the first drop of rain—
it landed, gently, gracefully
on my outstretched hand,
prelude to what I knew would come.
I felt the first roll of thunder
shiver through my bones,
distant as yet.
The leaves tossed slowly around me
as the clouds came,
and I watched the last golden stream
as it glinted off the mountainside.
I heard the hush as the rain began,
a whisper in my ear
like the return of a lover,
before giving way to the inevitable
roar of the deluge.
I can still smell the flowers,
carried on the rain like a gift,
even as I lower my hand
and turn to go.