gershon hepner

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Let Us Hear The Smile - Poem by gershon hepner

Rameau lets us hear the smile
of Voltaire, let me emulate
his talent, trying to beguile
my music mistress and my mate.

I wish that she could hear my smile
as she can see the written word
I conjure, trying to beguile
all readers who have never heard
the smiling sounds jump from my pages
like a princess who awakes,
having been asleep for ages––
for smiles are all that waking takes.

In a review of the recorded music of Jean-Philippe Rameau (“Paying Court to a Wry Master of the French Baroque, ” the NYT, April 7,2000) , Paul Griffiths writes: “Rameau lets us hear Voltaire’s smile.”

I revised this poem in 1/26/10, while listening to a suite from Rameau’s “Pygmalion” on KUSC, introduced by Alan Chapman. The Vorlage of this poem, written in 4/7/00, is:

I wish that you could hear my smile
as you can see the written word
I conjure, trying to beguile
the readers who have never heard
sounds of smiling jump from pages
like a princess who awakes,
having been asleep for ages––
smiles are all it really takes.

4/7/00


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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, January 26, 2010



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