The Music Budget Is Cut Somewhere Else Today As I Stand In A Crumbling Theatre

The Music Budget Is Cut Somewhere Else Today As I Stand In A Crumbling Theatre


The dialogue is low

The excitement running high

The audience aglow

For the first of songs to fly


Crash! The hallowed cimbalom

Sounds throughout the hall.

The reckless pounding of the drum

Rumbles out the prophet’s call


The dancing starts at five past two

The filming starts at nine

The arts secluded to this room

Cemented in a rhyme


Perhaps I’m pessimistical

Perhaps a needless fear.

Try naming five youth musical

I’ll name you “arts budget disappeared”


They don’t recognize a quarter note

or treble clef today.

A student said to me, I quote

“Why would I need that, anyway?”


In years to come some future folk

Will look on “auditorium”

As something sacred to our time

Lost, in memoriam.


Taxes raised and spirits fallen.

Notes that once brought ecstasy

now fall upon these deafened columns

and offer me no clemency.


The Trifecta challenge for this week was “

a : a state of being beyond reason and self-control


b archaic : swoon

: a state of overwhelming emotion; especially : rapturous delight

Please remember: 

  • Your response must be between 33 and 333 words. 
  • You must use the 3rd definition of the given word in your post. 
  • The word itself needs to be included in your response. 
  • You may not use a variation of the word; it needs to be exactly as stated above. 
  • Only one entry per writer. 
  • If your post doesn’t meet our requirements, please leave your link in the comments section, not in the linkz. 
  • Trifecta is open to everyone. Please join us. 

Good luck!

This week’s word is ecstasy. “


  1. One of my favorites this week. I like the politics, the sadness, and the undercurrent of rage. The way you crafted this was excellent.

  2. When there’s no new music or art left in the world, only then will the schools and governments want to fix the arts budgets. With any hope, though, it won’t come to that.

    Lovely poetry.

    Thanks for linking up!

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