This is this years entrance to the Onkyo Braille Essay writing competition, for which she won last year with her acrostic poem Braille, see above. She is one of the 5 UK finalists this year.
The Lyrics Of Music
Music is the light that guides many people on the journey of life, blind people in particular, because hearing is one of our greatest assets. Braille music is the medium we use to interpret the language of music.
Here is a poem for each letter of the musical alphabet:
A for Arpeggios and Allegro
My fingers jump from note to note
On the magical dancing dots
Along the path to music
And they dance lightly on the instruments
Following the trail of Braille music.
B for Beat and Bravura
My heartbeat boldly works by music,
Which is the essence of my life
Music would definitely be a treat
In the afterlife of any God’s chosen wife.
C for Crescendo and Chorus
When I hadn’t yet been introduced to Braille music
Which is now the centre of my life,
I didn’t have a life.
But now that I have I can proclaim
That my existence is not blooming in vain.
D for Diminuendo and Dolcissimo
When my life began,
It was an invincible gang,
Which roared and soared around me,
And now that that feeling is lessening
Braille music puts me gently into a deep musical sleep.
E for Echo and Ensemble
The notes of happiness flow through my veins,
They echo gently like musical rain
They echo through my brain
And fill me with joy
Oh, there’s nothing like Braille music to be my favourite toy!
F for Fortissimo and Finale
Oh, what a forte resonance!
The orchestras of life
And the choirs of England and France
Are playing and singing their stance as if in a trance
And Fortissimo is their brand new law.
G for Gavotte and Grazioso
I dance a lively gavotte
I’m not sure if I’ll ever stop!
But although I am moving like a bop
Braille music will always help my balance,
And wherever I am, in England or in France
It will definitely enhance my prance.
Even if for sighted people Braille can be described as “that incomprehensible load of dots”, our magical alphabet has real meaning in every subject we study. Whether it’s mathematics, languages, science, art or music, Braille is always our guide. Without it, we could not partake in any aspects of life, educational, social, artistic and the like.
Written by Alexia Sloane, 10 years old, ½ English, ¼ French and ¼ Spanish.