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Theresienstadt Ghetto Symphony

( After Rita Dove )

Some played harmoniously †
in the face of tragedy;   †
others, absurdly out of sync † †
regardless of advantages † †  
† †  
Despite how we observe † †
or innately judge. . . † †
both inevitably belongedó † †
captive and guard † †
† †  
Inside each cavernous soul † †
exists a desire to complement † †
the mastery of musicó † †
† †  
to be fondly remembered † †  
a dedicated creator, or just part † †
of something greateró † †
† †  
as space between notes † †
holding sound togetheró † †  
† †  
to taste the rarity of beauty † †
from a vast hunger; † †
our biorhythm surviving † †
the odds of injusticeó † †
† †  
defiantly humming †
in gratitude † †
†  
If music be the food of love †
play on.*

~
Written by Ahavati
Published | Edited 10th Nov 2020
Author's Note
For the CCC Rita Dove Tribute, Sonata Mulattica: https://deepundergroundpoetry.com/forum/competitions/read/11642/

Inspired by Transit: https://poets.org/poem/transit

*Shakespeare's Twelfth Night & Dove's opening line
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