Zest of lemons fills the air, and on the radio,
yearning notes from the throat of a cello.
Exactly how much salt or spice to throw in?
Without measurement, the senses tend to open wider.
Viola, violin, strings from the orchestra fill out
undertones in the andante part of the Rococo Variations:
this is Tchaikovsky in the arms of Rostropovich, or
so my daughter tells me. Slow as a waltz— and suddenly I
realize this might be the music I’d like played at my funeral.
Quelle alternative? I don’t know, as I wasn’t really
pondering the matter. Just something in the phrasing,
or the way the quietly contemplative cadenzas make me feel
none of the sorrowful hysteria sometimes induced by
music that lobs the racquetball of the soul around in its cage,
little bird reminded of the wilderness that bred it.
Kindness after long difficulty is what I hear, perhaps. Or
just a simple turn, a few steps around the room, notes that burgeon
into the fullness of their theme. I don’t know much more.
How have I started with lemons and garlic—
grease quietly sputtering under the layer of
fricasseed chicken breasts in a pan on the stove— then
ended up thinking of music by which to exit?
Don’t read more into this than there is.
Clouds look lovely outside the prismatic window,
bunched and fleecy as pulled wool. I’m here and not
about to go anywhere just yet; I love the color yellow.
In response to an entry from the Morning Porch.
OTHER POSTS IN THE SERIES
- Landscape, in the Aftermath of Flood
- A Carol
- Little Winter Song
- Because it is years since I last saw you
- Landscape, with Remnants of a Tale
- En Crépinette
- My mother turns 78 and texts
- [poem temporarily removed by author]
- [post temporarily removed by author]
- Dark Body
- Chalk Circle
- Tarot: False Spring
- Making Dinner, I Hear Rostropovich on the Radio
- Field Notes
- Road Trip, ca. 1980
- Gold Study
- Ghazal Par Amour
- White List
- Dear noisy stream gurgling in the distance,
- First, Blood
- Rock, Paper, Scissors
- Thread and Surface
- Diorama, with Mountain City and Fog
- Preparing the Balikbayan Box
- The Jewel in the Fruit
- Landscape, with Geese; and Later, Falling Snow
- Landscape, with Threads of Conversation
- First One, Then the Other
- To Silence
- Morning, Cape Town
- Empty Ghazal
- High in the hills, the dead
- Dear unseen one,
- Saturday Afternoon at the Y
- Dear Epictetus, this is to you attributed:
- How have I failed to notice until now
- Field Note
- Dear shadow,