sondheim at panix.com
Tue Nov 30 07:30:16 CET 2010
as if it were Clarksberg 1942.
as if there were a large 'oriental' population in Clarksberg.
as if they were a 'swarthy' hebrew-speaking 'race.'
as if they played the 'sad mournful melodies of their people.'
as if there were a wire recorder and an eager collector.
as if he asked my father to demonstrate his 'unusual instrument.'
as if my father obliged.
as if he always obliged.
as if he sat on the edge of the cabin porch.
as if he leaned forward and tuned his 'unusual instrument.'
as if he began to play.
as if the wind picked up.
as if he played the 'eerie minor keys of his people.'
as if he played the 'ancient tunes' remembered 'from his childhood.'
as if he looked sad and thoughtful.
as if he'd stop now and then and listen to the wind.
as if you were in Clarksberg 1942.
as if you listened in the wind.
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