Sunday, March 05, 2006

An Experi-mental Poem

the four seasons

i. summer

at the rooseveltplatz
suddenly overcome
with cicadas

i vivaldi i
pick up a string quartet
of maskèd men
on their sunday walk

and all at once
the street is a parade

trees bursting like six-
pointed stars

the whorls of an ear
rediscover’d
in the scrolls of some
stringèd instrument

all summerlong
vienna ekes music
from the still’d water

of duck ponds

the children open
windows wide
for more

ii. autumn

and i vivaldi i
give it to them

but only in shades
and statuary

the sweeping de-leafing
of trees
across the city

the eastern floating
of a great songboat
in the shape of a dragon

to the princess’ wedding
her father’s walk
illumèd with lanterns

warm globes of melody

once the music has arriv’d
i vivaldi i

reserve a partner
for the next dance

iii. winter

whose bare skin
is treebark

the bare trees lining
the park

iv. spring

trading their snow
for leaves

how do you quantify
that dream
which is music?

with measures?
in pigpens?

the villagers dance
around
the maypole

as the castle on the hill
prepares for the feast

winter’s hornèd footprints
brushed from the rugs
doors thrown open
fresh bouquets on tables
wash day
jewelers stringing pearls
the handmaiden tuning the strings
of her finish’d lady’s stays
the orchestra warming
to the din of a held note

a glass held up to the light

the angels flying
through crystalline spheres

and i vivaldi i
taking all to heart

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