Nature And Music - Poem by Daniel Brick
CARRE (1959-60) by Karlheinz Stockhausen
The tension in this music tightened
my nerves, raised waiting to an act
of will, then a long exhale released
feelings bottled up too long.
As feelings rushed out of me,
they left behind an opened space,
and purest thoughts occupied
its emptiness, made it pregnant
with a new self fashioning an identity
with shreds and patches, of soil
and fallen leaves, of seeds nourished
by rainwater, all these things
natural and beautiful: an expanding mesh
of meanings, threading together
disparate things, making a whole cloth
available whenever it is needed, during
a long afternoon, or a brief morning,
or a never forgotten night, or anytime
of glittering possibilities. Was I not
promised as much as my birthright?
Was this existence not given to me
even before earth replaced the womb?
All that was required of me was that
first gulp of air upon being delivered.
Multiply such experiences a hundredfold
and the truth will be no truer: we live
in Nature and through Music, body and soul
animated by Nature, made trancendent by Music.
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