Academic journal article Anglican Theological Review

Essential Music

Academic journal article Anglican Theological Review

Essential Music

Article excerpt

The flame-colored flowers you gave me yesterday

still burst upward from their glass;

and hanging down, as if to allow each petal

flaring room, are curly tongues of leaves

that graze a turtle lamp with stubby feet

just so. The turtle's head stretches out

as though, at any minute, he might really

plod towards that jagged piece of rock

whose muddy-colored ridges set in grey

reveal a fossil tree, still here, still solidly

here, though it fell a million years ago.

So when my cat, who follows me from room

to room, has settled on the rug, I'm swamped

by thoughts that one day she and I will drop.

I think-and this is what I really think-

why worry over little things like love

and why we ask each other, will it last?

Let's find the essential music in it-the bulb

that gives the turtle lamp its yellow glow,

the eager throats of flowers, or in that finch,

chirping the same ecstatic song for seconds,

then flying off, and chirping somewhere else. …

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