A LESSON OF NIGHT
In memory of Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
Haydn taught a parakeet to sing back his melodies...
Deep in the shadows of your room
where even the moon was a stranger,
you played your perfect flute
in front of the gilded cage.
In the silent depths of night
your senses stood still as memory,
your patterned breath, as piercing as light,
taught a captured bird a human tune.
Your breathless woodwind waited,
a feathered song took flight
soaring higher than man or bird
had ever dreamed, or heard.