Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, Op. 125, IV. Finale, Allegro Assai
Violins and ultraviolet light detonation O sun, give them all if you can catch me eighty-five miles per hour accelerando double bass double horsepower in a white convertible top down to match the white wide grin crescendo quadruple forte forte Fortissimo! dominant I could scream euphoric transported go gogo so I left behind the timpani thrum heartbeat flutes fight fate for air air air i need air disconnect disengage that hand from my throat timpani timpani timpani timpani I left behind the timpani thrum Prestissimo heart imperceptible I breathe You sleep make no mistake I do not sleep O oboe sun, viola breeze Across low c sea sorrow vibrato Bombastic orgastic bows and bassoons. Oh Friends! No more of these sounds! Let us sing more cheerful songs, more full of Joy! Oh Friends! Oh Millions I am millions I am one Voices, voices on parade, the sorriest soggiest most tearful parade 100 generations long hear me now in crystalline precision perfect intonation enunciation punctuation euphoria emancipation freedom furious in a white convertible.
Lisa Brunner is a student at Chatham University’s MFA Program and the recipient of the Robert Hull Mansell Endowed Poetry Fellowship. Lisa’s poetry is based on her training as both a lawyer and violinist. Her work has appeared in Sampsonia Way (November 2020) and Night Music Journal (coming May 2021). Her first chapbook, Symphony No. 1, was released in April 2021 (Aloud Press). Lisa lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with her two labradoodles.