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Jean Colonomos


was my father’s religion.
He’d ask for nothing more
than on weekends to sit
in the living room and let
Brahms, Beethoven
and Tchaikovsky wash
over his stock broker soul.

All week long he trudged
down to Wall Street, rising
before dawn, returning
after six.  All week long
he rode to and from work
on the Long Island Railroad
to a job he disliked. But
on weekends, oh the weekends,
he had Toscanini, WQXR and
his records, his family and
fishing, if weather permitted,
and I like to think, because
he seemed so angry, that when
I spied him conducting in the
living room, he was a happy man.

© by Jean Colonomos.
Used with the author’s permission.


Jean Colonomos has been having fun mouthing off with Ann Buxie as featured poets reading from their collaboration at local libraries. She is an award-winning playwright and poet, and her work has been published in many poetry journals. Jean began her creative journey as a dancer with the Martha Graham Dance Company. Learn more about her at



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I found this to be very moving.
Posted 06/17/2019 04:09 PM
Spot-on picture of how to survive and thrive in a job you dislike, by finding the love of your life for weekends.
Posted 06/17/2019 12:23 AM
Lori Levy:
Great portrayal of your father.
Posted 06/16/2019 04:57 PM
I think communion with Brahms, Beethoven and Tchaikovsky is great way to live! Thank you Jean.
Posted 06/16/2019 04:00 PM
You brought to mind my father, who loved to conduct, and also sing along with the operas. Toward the end of his life I bought him a conductor's baton from the gift shop at the Disney Hall in LA. Beautiful tribute to your father.
Posted 06/16/2019 11:10 AM
Jean, by painting him your father way, you give great insight into America. His dedication to "a job he disliked," speaks volumes about being a cog in the grinding wheel of Wall Street.
Posted 06/16/2019 09:34 AM
Larry Schug:
You have painted a beautiful portrait, Jean.
Posted 06/16/2019 06:56 AM

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