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(8 February 1911 – 6 October 1979 / Worcester, Massachusetts)

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I Am in Need of Music

I am in need of music that would flow
Over my fretful, feeling fingertips,
Over my bitter-tainted, trembling lips,
With melody, deep, clear, and liquid-slow.
Oh, for the healing swaying, old and low,
Of some song sung to rest the tired dead,
A song to fall like water on my head,
And over quivering limbs, dream flushed to glow!

There is a magic made by melody:
A spell of rest, and quiet breath, and cool
Heart, that sinks through fading colors deep
To the subaqueous stillness of the sea,
And floats forever in a moon-green pool,
Held in the arms of rhythm and of sleep.

Submitted: Friday, January 03, 2003


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  • Ujala Khan (11/18/2013 8:21:00 AM)

    it is an awesome poem. i can understand it very clearly

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  • Yasmeen Khan (5/28/2013 3:32:00 AM)

    'music gentler on the spirits lies than the tired eyelids upon tired eyes'.....it's dreamy and soft

  • Kristen Sette (10/28/2008 4:47:00 PM)

    can someone explain this poem to me! ! i dont get it that much and i have to know what it means!

  • Isabel Cadilha (6/18/2008 1:03:00 PM)

    Don't we all have that same need?
    The definition could not be better.
    ; p

  • Robert Howard (12/24/2006 1:27:00 PM)

    Delicious imagery (cinnamon or not) imbedded in a perfect Italian sonnet with effortless rhyme.

  • Eric Mumford (11/27/2005 5:20:00 PM)

    This reminds me of a perfect cinnamon-donut.

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