Chopin with Cherries

The poem,"Chopin's Minute Waltz," appears in a book, Chopin with Cherries: a tribute in verse, ISBN 978-0-9819693-0-5, published by the Moonrise Press in February 2010.

Available through Lulu.com as well as other online and local booksellers, the book is an anthology of contemporary poetry edited by Maja Trochimczyk.

The book was officially presented during the 3rd International Chopin Congress in Warsaw, Poland, February 24-March 1, 2010.

Chopin's Minute Waltz

Jane Kaczmarek, a very talented actress of considerable renown, (on the right with Maja Trochimcyk in the photo) recited this poem in her welcoming presentation at the Paderewski Music Society Program 200th Anniversary of Chopin's Birth held in Los Angeles on February 27, 2010.

Sorta unusual, but real nice for an old cowboy's poem to be featured by such a talented actress along with such an impressive array of Chopin's compositions. But it's understandable 'cause Chopin's music transcends time and was much appreciated in the salons, saloons, and opera houses of the American West.

Chopin was popular
as folks moved to the west,
from salons to saloons,
he was among the best.

Dancing the Minute Waltz,
two-stepping to that tune,
the way that cowboys do,
they thought it'd end too soon.

Hats, rakish on their heads,
their worn boots shining bright,
dancing the night away,
it was a won'drous sight.

They pranced with much ado,
bowing and gyrating
with ladies, oh so fair,
desire unabating.

Someone said 'twas classic,
not a tune for dance halls,
and cowboys took offense,
got ready for some brawls.

Chopin would have been proud
as they stood up for him
and took claim to that waltz,
their faces looking grim.

Chopin sure was noted
for other tunes as well,
but on that waltz at least
they'd follow him to hell.

©2009 by Clark Crouch