A Composer’s Last Symphony

His orchestra is the nursing home,

His pulse rate bleeps like a metronome.

The nurse explains the effects of the stroke,

As the violins soar, he hums and he croaks.

The drop of the drip keeps his tune strict in time,

Farewells from loved ones as bells start to chime.


‘He’s lost all response on the left of his brain’,

The music still flowing as he goes insane.

He declares that he’s written a symphony,

Just where doctors play Trumpet and Timpani.

The stethoscope beats like the sound of a drum,

He sings from Bedlam as his body goes numb.


A flutter of flutes as his soul mate she wails,

The sea of musicians is where he will sail.

Wild flailing arms as he tries to conduct,

‘He’s having a fit’ the Doctor deducts.

Andante then Lento the symphony slowing,

The violins quiet but the flutes are still growing.


A final chord plays, as the orchestra cease,

but not a soul hears his last masterpiece.

– Max Miller


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30 thoughts on “A Composer’s Last Symphony

  1. That was great, Max, especially the way you ended it.

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  2. Really enjoyed your poem. Beautiful rhythm with a melancholy beat. Thanks for sharing.

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  3. rhchatlien says:

    Really good use of extended metaphor. Thanks for visiting my blog today.

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  4. Polly says:

    Rhyming couplets and a superb use of metaphor – I’m glad we ‘met’, Max.

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  5. diadarling says:

    wow i love this poem. i love how you took death and paired it with classical music as they’re opposite parallels. you’re talented, keep writing. xx

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  6. Hera says:

    This is beautiful.

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  7. jovisgoes says:

    This is outstanding. It is beautiful, poignant, and timeless. I was very moved particularly as my mother died following a series of strokes and I wrote of it in one of my earlier poems. https://jovisgoes.wordpress.com/2010/09/21/hallo-theres-someone-in-my-head/

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  8. alemhailugk says:

    You are a born poet your poem is bitter sweet and aentertaining.

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  9. aaronaglynn says:

    beautiful, it’s a comfort to me to find a poem that confronts death in a new and interesting way, without just being a depressed monologue about misery and futility

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  10. missneal2 says:

    This speaks to the poet and musician in me. Love it!

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  11. hannahholler says:

    This is simply beautiful.

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  12. sagarika says:

    Very touching, very beautiful Poem.

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  13. themadhatkat says:

    Reminds me a bit of ole Salieri in “Amadeus.” Thank you for sharing!

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  14. Great painting through words. Kudos.

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  16. The only thing I can say is that, you are an awesome young Scribe… Salute.

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  17. haelanra says:

    That was beautiful, Max! Usually the poetry one stumbles across on the Internet is apt to get cliche and trite, but yours was a refreshing read. I loved the way you linked melody and life so vividly, and the rhythm throughout was entrancing. As a young writer myself (though not, I think, quite so good) I really hope you keep writing!:)

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  18. zippyniknok says:

    Love the poem – nice ending.
    Thanks for liking my poem

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  19. InfiniteZip says:

    Amazing writing Max. Love this.

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  20. gibunnys says:

    Just…. WOW! What is this wet stuff escaping mine eyes?

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  21. This is incredible. Its effortless and beautiful.

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  22. edgarone2 says:

    The harmony left the symphony. A higher being heard his soul.
    Wonderful poem.

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  23. Widow Beach says:

    WOW, this is absolutely fabulous–BRAVO.

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  24. em says:

    you’re one of the most talented young poets I’ve ever come across. beautifully composed.

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  25. Emily Crawford-Margison says:

    Thanks for liking my post. I love reading your stuff. Keep it up! =)

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