Monday, 25 August 2008

Musica Humana

The days are getting shorter
and I can feel the weight of it all
sucking at my bones
like some infernal flute-maker...

Heh. Cut it out.
Sometimes I feel
old, that's true, but
I'm not about
to let anyone
take my skull for a maraca
lying down.

There's a whole crazy orchestra
out there already,
hooting and clattering
and (given a choice) I think
I'll just sit and listen
until it gets too loud
for comfort


The Solitary Walker said...

Like this

The Weaver of Grass said...

Somebody said "the still, sad music of humanity" but can't remember who!

The Weaver of Grass said...

Think it was Wordsworth!

Dominic Rivron said...

It was. It's from Tintern Abbey:
"...For I have learned
To look on nature, not as in the hour
Of thoughtless youth; but hearing oftentimes
The still, sad music of humanity,
Nor harsh nor grating, though of ample power
To chasten and subdue."

The term "Musica Humana" usually refers a medieval concept - the harmony of the human body and the the harmony that was believed to exist between the body and the soul. It was introduced by the philosopher Boethius, along with musica mundana (music of the spheres) and musica instrumentalis (instrumental and vocal music). I mention all this because it's interesting - it's not essential to an appreciation of the poem.

Rachel Fox said...

I like your 'skull for a maraca/lying down'!

Dominic Rivron said...

Thanks, Rachel. Although sometimes I feel my brain could do with a shake up.

Rachel Fox said...

Mine usually feels like it has been shaken - played all night at the Copacabana or something.

Dominic Rivron said...

Copacabana? I must confess I had to google this: I take it that's the New York nightclub, not the Croatian beach. I am now over-informed. Barry Manilow wrote a musical called Copacabana, and it's also a town on the shores of Lake Titicaca. Ah, the wonders of the internet...

Rachel Fox said...

Yes - I'm afraid I am very low-rent and know a lot more about nightclubs than I do about Wordsworth. Sometimes I wish I didn't but you can't change history...personal or otherwise!

Anonymous said...

Wise and funny, a pleasing combination.

73 from G0EUV

Dominic Rivron said...

Thank you, Dick. For the uninitiated passer-by I should perhaps explain that 73 is amateur radio speak for "best wishes". It originates, I think, from the pleasingly musical rhythmic pattern made by the morse for a 7 and a 3, i.e.,

dah dah dididit
dididi dah dah

73 de M0KXD