There it came on the radio,

That piece of music,

It brought tears to my eyes,

As it does whenever I hear it,

Hear it being played by Jacqueline.

The Elgar Cello Concerto

Being played by her is so sublime

That it stops me,

Stops me to make me listen,

And listen I do, so intensely.

Jacqueline took the world by storm,

Her playing was so unique.

She took cello playing way up,

Way up to another level

Which bewitched so many

In the way she played,

It had never been heard,

Never been heard played so well.

And then it happened,

Her fingers stopped moving

As multiple sclerosis took her,

And at twenty eight years old she stopped,

Stopped creating this wonderful sound.

Her life lasted fourteen more years

And she was taken from our world

To that place where music never stops.

But that piece of music by Elgar

Will always bring her back,

Bring her back to me,

As I listened to it on her birthday.



Jacqueline du Pre - 26 January 1945 – 19 October 1987

  • Author: Goldfinch60 (Pseudonym) (Offline Offline)
  • Published: January 27th, 2023 02:22
  • Comment from author about the poem: Jacqueline du Pre's birthday was yesterday and I hear this piece being played.
  • Category: Reflection
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  • Users favorite of this poem: L. B. Mek, Doggerel Dave.


  • orchidee

    Good write Gold.
    Another mystery. Why are the 'good', or some of them, seemingly struck down?

    • Goldfinch60

      Thank you Orchi.
      Yes, as you say, another mystery.


    • L. B. Mek

      'To that place where music never stops.'
      such a beautifully worded dedication, dear Poet
      may she rest in peace
      'so many of our exceptionally gifted
      succumb to such tragic endings
      yet, leave behind
      endlessly rewarding works for us
      and generations to cherish'

      • Goldfinch60

        Thank you Mek, much appreciated. I do have most of her recorded work in my collection so I can always listen to her majestical playing.


      • Doggerel Dave

        It is so many things beyond an In Memoriam, Andy – the celebration of a great piece of music, the tragedy of an early life lost in such a savage way, the loss to music. Your piece has all that weight; a fitting tribute.

        • Goldfinch60

          Your words are most kind Dave, thank you so much.


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