Freude, schöner Götterfunken*

Swimming in the grief pools
behind his almond-shaped eyes
he hears, faintly at first, how

Terror transmutes into joy
like a nightflower unfolding
to the first touch of dawnlight.

His own voice joins the chorus
(joy, beautiful spark of the gods)
of brothers above the starry canopy**.

*Joy, beautiful spark of the gods!

**Brüder, über’m Sternenzelt


About Ray Sharp

Father, poet, triathlete, local public health planner
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8 Responses to Freude, schöner Götterfunken*

  1. Great stuff here, Ray! I love working classical music and poetry together – like weaving this joyous crystal strand basket together. So fragile, so beautiful. Excellent job. Toni

  2. claudia says:

    ah…nice to see a german title..hit home…and i sing along… love how music literally has the power to transform..

  3. annotating60 says:

    Nicely penned. >KB

  4. brian miller says:

    love the transformation in this…out of grief into joy, unfolding like a flower….i will sing too…smiles…beautiful thing to see…

  5. Oh, I got it… Beethoven’s 9th…. some really nice imagery here… “swimming in the grief pools…” etc. nice.

  6. ayala says:

    Nicely penned.

  7. Tony Maude says:

    Nicecly done, Ray. It’s amazing to think that such a joyful piece was composed by a man who only ever heard it in his mind’s ear.

  8. Freude, schöner Götterfunken, Tochter aus Elysium, Wir betreten feuertrunken, Himmlische, dein Heiligthum.

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