If the sounds of my soul
were the kind you could hear,
you might begin to understand.
There is this song that plays at the center
of an awakened soul, changing with the
light in the sky and the nearness of love.
It’s the first few lines of So What and
Bach’s Goldberg Aria Variation No. 2 with
Gould’s barely audible humming.
It’s Glass’ haunting Island and
the Marche Funebre of Chopin’s Sonata No. 2
all the way to the end.
It’s the play in Louis and Ella together,
the promise in Sentimental Mood, and
the hope in Pachelbel’s Canon in D.
But it’s also beach waves and bamboo chimes,
Grieg’s Wedding Day, Ray Brown on the bass,
and Chet Baker on his horn.
Oh, that you would hear the sounds of
this enlivened soul and know what I mean
when I ask you to listen.