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Baltimore Symphony

In this temple of sound,

the sounds are speechless speech,

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the sounds are feeling tones that feel,

joined choirs of sound that sing

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their messages

into hushed faces, into the insides of

listening flesh, touched motionless

by sound:

within these rhyming walls,

inside this shell that rolls in curving

eloquence,

beneath the forceful thrust of circling

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line on line.

To hear such themes as dreamers

dream,

or clutch wild, giant seas,

or smell clean, tumbling air,

or laugh at crashing waterfalls,

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or scream at silent night,

inspires the new, allows the old to be.

Hearing such themes, we melt

in ecstasy.


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