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“Weary Chords”: A Poem Inspired by General Conference

Tom - April 1, 2007

The phrases come
in shortened bursts,
with awkward
needed to refill
the diminished capacity
of their lungs

Prophets, Apostles,
my aging Dad

their few costly words

their gentle urgings

Thank you, Lord,
for the breath that still moves past
and pricks their weary chords


  1. If this sucks, it’s because it’s the only poem I’ve ever written. Conference does weird things to me.

    Comment by Tom — April 1, 2007 @ 11:02 am

  2. I love it, Tom. President Faust was really something this morning.

    Comment by Susan M — April 1, 2007 @ 11:15 am

  3. And I think you should write more poetry!

    Comment by Susan M — April 1, 2007 @ 12:02 pm

  4. Tom, this is lovely. Thank you.

    Comment by m&m — April 1, 2007 @ 2:52 pm

  5. I’m no expert but I really like the rhythm you set up. The poem itself is very evocative. :)

    Comment by Proud Daughter of Eve — April 1, 2007 @ 4:25 pm

  6. This poem makes me think of Elder Wirthlin.

    Comment by Connor — April 1, 2007 @ 5:33 pm

  7. I’m curious, Tom…does your “aging Dad” fall within the “Prophets, Apostles” category? If so, can we ask who he is?

    Comment by Amy — April 1, 2007 @ 8:37 pm

  8. Tom- this is excellent and captures the feelings of so many of us. The “old men” apostles may not have beautiful delivery but their words are always beautiful and helpful. May I suggest that we wait anxiously for the May Ensign and then study those same words again. I guarantee that without the choppy delivery we will be overwhelmed once again. And our love for the apostles will increase. Thanks Tom.

    Comment by Lamonte — April 2, 2007 @ 5:30 am

  9. Amy,
    No, my dad’s just another person whose breath is increasingly short and whose words become that much more significant to me because of it. He’s pushing 80 and has Parkinson’s. I visited home for the first time in nearly two years last month and the change from the last time I saw him was pretty dramatic, so he’s been on my mind and came to my mind again during Elder Wirthlin’s talk.

    I’m always surprised at how good Elder Wirthlin’s talks are on paper. I have found that in the past his monotone, choppy delivery has prevented me from really hearing. But this year I thought of my dad and payed special attention to the words and I just loved his message.

    Comment by Tom — April 2, 2007 @ 5:42 am

  10. I thought this was going to be a critique of the arrangement of “I Need Thee Every Hour” from Sunday afternoon ;)

    Good stuff, Tom.

    Comment by Kristine — April 2, 2007 @ 8:47 am

  11. Kristine (#10),
    I thought it was going to be a commentary on the general dirge-like tempo of pretty much all the hymns during this conference. They turned blood-pumping favorites like “The Spirit of God” into lullabies. As if I didn’t have enough trouble staying awake already.

    Comment by Capt. Obsidian — April 2, 2007 @ 2:49 pm

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