John A. Mills
Dad and Scheherazade
He gave me an LP.
I was about 10.
It was Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade
I was too young to know classical music.
But I listened to it - it was from my dad
It was beautiful and I fell in love with Scheherazade
I don't know why he gave it.
Maybe I did once.
He was a mystery.
He was cold, a misanthrope.
But he wanted to share it - he didn't listen with me.
Fifty years later,
I'm still in love with Scheherazade
John A. Mills is an ordained minister and endorsed chaplain in the United Church of Christ and an Associate Chaplain in the Association of Professional Chaplains. Rev. Mills is currently a hospice chaplain in New Jersey. His poetry has been published in various anthologies, including Hidden Roots, In Just One Day, To Taste Life, Catch the Moment all published by Penhaligon Page Ltd., and America At The Millennium, published by the International Library of Poetry. He has also published two poetry books at http://lulu.com; Living Faerie: Looking for the Green Man, an anthology of poetry and original art exploring the realm of faerie, and Mammon: A Poem In Three Acts, a poem-play about the current economic crisis. He has also composed a variety of poetry available at http://johnamills.com