The Cellist of Sarajevo

Clamoring, broken bits of the ages
Cities laid down, crumbled broken bricks
Of life gone mad and fraught with fear
and others strange retiring

What would peace ever mean
if music fell to notes unheard
Would love bring back the reasoning
Undo the rage of broken hearts

Once the light of love took up
A city’s chance to ask us all
If echoes of an ancient song
would pose the question left unsaid

Through ruined streets for days on end
One soul inquired, time again
and from the silence in the hills
in echoes came the answer

Love returning with the Dove
when given voice in empty streets
ears will know the music of
the spheres as one the heart reveals

Whether legend or true – The Cellist of Sarajevo – who sat in the streets of a city for days on end, being shelled from the hills, and never being shot at or disturbed in his performances, is a testament to the human condition where opposition takes a back seat to the knowledge that music points the way to the soul and the Spirit that unites us all through the Heart of Love. I felt on this Valentines Day, considering that Sarajevo was a site of the Winter Olympics before it was laid low by war, we should recognize that regardless of our differences, one person, one soul incarnate, can show to us, that we all came from the same place, and we are all going to the same place, regardless of the definitions we attach to it. Through music we have a universal language of Love ….


9 thoughts on “The Cellist of Sarajevo

  1. Powerful words to compliment the story Peter, beautifully done. I visited Dubrovnik and fell in love with the country, where the scars are so very obvious. X

  2. Reblogged this on Restart urgently needed and commented:
    In memory of all the forgotten, may we find our ways to remember the ones who deserve to be mentioned. Touching poem based on the true story of the cellist of Sarajevo, Vedran Smajlovic, who played for 22 days, remembering 22 victims who were killed while waiting for bread.

  3. This is a beautiful piece, made even more poignant by Albinoni’s touching Adagio. I found you via Becky’s blog (Backtowhatever) and I thank her for reblogging your post.

    • Thank you for sharing your thoughts. I met her through her blog as well, and was struck by her story. It was pure synchronicity that I had written this over a year before we met. I am always struck by people ability to inspire, and endure, surely her story and his need to be told and recorded for all time …

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