Songs Without Words - Poem by gershon hepner
Can poets write the missing words
for songs composers wrote with none?
Can humans hear in songs of birds
not psittsacine an avian pun?
To texts considered secular
can readers their own spin impose?
What God has made molecular
may Man, His image, decompose?
To texts that pious men define
as biblical, the word of God,
can man add spirit to the wine
with meanings God might say are odd?
Can we, as humans, be the foil
of lilies of the field and spin
what lilies make though they don’t toil
like us, born in creative sin?
You can write words for songs without,
but doing so may spoil the tone
the music sets and make you doubt
the value it achieves alone.
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