Sunday Music Poem: Sonnet- I am in need of music

Sonnet, by Elizabeth Bishop, from the collection Music's Spell, edited by Emily Fragos.

A lovely, if not terribly original, sonnet. It merits reading out loud, to hear and feel the delicate rhythmic sounds of the words as they flow from one to the next. Try it.

Sonnet

I am in need of music that would flow
Over my fretful, felling finger-tips,
Over my bitter-tainted, trembling lips,
With melody, deep, clear, and liquid-slow.
Oh, for the healing swaying, old and low,
Of some song sung to rest the tired dead,
A song to fall like water on my head,
And over quivering limbs, dream flushed to glow!

There is a magic made by melody:
A spell of rest, and quiet breath, and cool
Heart, that sinks through fading colors deep
To the sub-aqueous stillness of the sea,
And floats forever in a moon-green pool,
Held in the arms of rhythm and of sleep.

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