Thursday, February 19, 2015

All the quick notes

The symmetrical beauty of feathers is hard to resist; 
I had a childhood friend who wouldn't pick them up because 
of something she called "bird lice" but I never really checked into that. 
Since I have yard ducks now, I often get a chance at a fresh beauty.

Mozart, for Example

          All the quick notes
          Mozart didn't have time to use
          before he entered the cloud boat

are falling now from the beaks
of the finches
that have gathered from the joyous summer

    into the hard winter
    and, like Mozart, they speak of nothing
    but light and delight,

though it is true, the heavy blades of the world
are still pounding underneath.
And this is what you can do too, maybe,
if you live simply and with a lyrical heart
in the cumbered neighborhoods or even,
as Mozart sometimes managed to, in a palace,
    offering tune after tune after tune,
    making some hard-hearted prince
    prudent and kind, just by being happy.

Mary Oliver
Thirst; poems, Beacon Press, 2006, Kindle location 76.

I, too, find Mozart uplifting, and of a happy spirit. And I was pleased by the way, in this poem, 
all the indented stanzas are not placed at the same distance from the left margin, but that the first stanza is indented more.

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