Definitions #216 Enchantment of Music

Night in Venice

Night in Venice

The Everyday Enchantment of Music
by Mark Strand

A rough sound was polished until it became a smoother
sound,
which was polished until it became music. Then the
music was
polished until it became the memory of a night in Venice
when
tears of the sea fell from the Bridge of Sighs, which in
turn was
polished until it ceased to be and in its place stood the
empty
home of a heart in trouble. Then suddenly there was sun
and the
music came back and traffic was moving and off in the
distance, at
the edge of the city, a long line of clouds appeared, and
there was
thunder, which, however menacing, would become
music, and the
memory of what happened after Venice would begin,
and what
happened after the home of the troubled heart broke in
two would
also begin.

“The Everyday Enchantment of Music” by Mark Strand from Collected Poems. © Knopf, 2014. Reprinted with permission.

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