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Johann Sebastian Bach


-------- is commotio then
a rare commodity,
obtained at your Leipziger exile,
aged and made physical impulse,
so we wouldn’t complain,
of not being shown the beast?

You understand my rage
at the forced disappearance
of those boys and girls,
who paid dearly for thinking.

They were graceful,
wicked at times,
but mostly naive.

That Beauty is to be explored;
For its here, disguised,
frozen movement in video strips;
Heat radiating from minds;
Words to be made resonant by lips.

In summer, in Lipsia,
during white nights
your trees sprayed white powder
as you went
for wine and Wildbraten
in the company of
Collegium Musicum.



Anwar Al-Ghassani
April 24, 1999