That Need For Music (and poetry)

Thanks go to that wonderful poet Luisa Igloria for the link to this poem by Elizabeth Bishop, which I’ve copied and pasted here:

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.

Elizabeth Bishop

What a poem! Somehow it reminded me of a Grateful Dead song, I Bid you Goodnight:

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a8gNgiCWlYg?rel=0&w=480&h=360]

That brought to mind another wonderful GD song:

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=keTQIN_y2Us?rel=0&w=480&h=360]

I suppose that my thoughts have taken a somber cast after my recent brush with death! We all need occasional reminders of the grim reality of mortality now and then. Sorry if I bummed you out!

Larry

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