bees, honey and other sticky subjects

Sunday, December 12, 2004

If Bach had been a beekeeper

by Charles Tomlinson

If Bach had been a beekeeper
he would have heard
all those notes
suspended above one another
in the air of his ear
as the differentiated swarm returning
to the exact hive
and place in the hive,
topping up the cells
with the honey of C major,
food for the listening generations,
key to their comfort
and solace of their distress
as they return and return
to those counterpointed levels
of hovering wings where
movement is dance
and the air itself
a scented garden

from The New Criterion

What's The New Criterion? -- here's its description of itself (they take no prisoners):
The New Criterion has emerged as America's foremost voice of critical dissent in the culture wars now raging throughout the Western world. A staunch defender of the values of high culture, The New Criterion is also an articulate scourge of artistic mediocrity and intellectual mendacity wherever they are found: in the universities, the art galleries, the media, the concert halls, the theater, and elsewhere.
You have been warned.

If Bach had been a beekeeper
also happens to be a musical composition by Arvo Pärt.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a wonderful post, thank you

2:32 pm  

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