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.

by Elizabeth Bishop

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Comments (5)

Out of that childhood country what fools climb To fight with tyrants Love and Life and Time? Thanks for these beautiful lines in such a nice poem.
Beads of horn! Thanks for sharing this poem with us.
Peace discovered in the serenity of nature and victory over tyrants through love. Great poem. Thanks.
Combs and scarves.... thanks for posting.....
It has lot of facts and great ideas. A good poem.