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Xavier and the Xylophonists: #atozchallenge for April 28, 2017

 Slices of An Unschooling Life Theme Reveal Post

  Today’s Poetry Type:

X: Sometimes there is a rhyme (but no reason!)

 

Xavier and the Xylophonists

Xavier and the Xylophonists were a band of zenophobics –

No, I didn’t misspell that!

They were afraid to relax and just let themselves play –

they didn’t want to fall flat!

So they spent twelve years in rehearsals for the show ahead –

but never beat the high hat!

When all the years of study were done, they found their passion gone –

And all their dreams went splat!

Apprentices for the Saratoga Shakespeare Company - enough of rehearsals - they're playing! =D
Apprentices for the Saratoga Shakespeare Company – enough of rehearsals – they’re playing! =D

I thought this poem wasn’t going to rhyme, when I first wrote it. I also just had Xavier and the Xylophonists pop into my head as a title, and, of course, X is one of the Dreaded Letters on the journey from A to Z.

But it turns out that there is in fact a rhyme there, and even a reason…yes, the band’s story is an allegory of sorts. They’re not unlike school children, spending a dozen years, and sometimes more, practicing and preparing for life in the “real world.”

Miah enjoys Renaissance music ...not in a classroom, but in person, at the Sterling Renaissance Festival, age  8.
Miah enjoys Renaissance music …not in a classroom, but in person, at the Sterling Renaissance Festival, age  8.

And meanwhile, the “real world” is out there, all around, the whole time, beyond the walls of the school building. It’s all but invisible from inside, but, if you’re not contained in that reality, it’s just….life. Readily available, in every breath.

Xavier and the Xylophonists are endlessly preparing and rehearsing…they never make it to the big time, because they’ve worn themselves out with all their practice. They’ve burned out, and come to the big show passionless and uninspired.

Too often, this is the reality for young adults coming out of school. They began at age 5, or sometimes younger, and spent more than a decade going through the lessons and lectures, doing the homework, taking the tests, being graded and assessed. If they were passionate about something they learned there, it might be only a day or two of their year, before they’re required to move on to other things, because the curriculum demands it.

Maybe there’s a benefit to that…for sure, there’s a tidiness in being able to look at a diagram of all that has been or will be covered, and point to the precise place where one’s child is in the process.

My own children have something that isn’t tidy, but which I feel is invaluable. They still have their passion. It hasn’t been trampled or trammeled in the quest to get them properly rehearsed for the real world they’ll someday inhabit. Instead, they’re living in the real world, every day, on their own terms.

Maybe they wouldn’t fit in with Xavier and the Xylophonists, but that’s all right with me.

Have you ever spent so much time preparing for something, that you were exhausted by the time the prepared-for something arrived?

What happened?

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Y’all come back tomorrow, when you never know exactly what will happen….

A moment of silliness: Lise and I share a snack before going to see The Phantom of the Opera - her first grown up theater experience, at age 9.
A moment of silliness: Lise and I share a snack before going to see The Phantom of the Opera – her first grown up theater experience, at age 9.

Author:

I am myself. I own my life, and live with three other people who own theirs. My intention is to do only those things that bring me joy, and to give myself wholly to those things I do. Writing has been my passion throughout my life, and this will become the home for my writing life...because it brings me great joy!

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