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Ariane Anderson
BENEFICENT ECHO

Jacob concerto                   suspended.
Saffron prismatic early light
splayed on Cathedral floor.
Modernist plaintive strains
are muted. Dissonant chords gather, tightly constrained.
Staccato waves reverberate as
horn “rips” strings swell
piano crescendos —

Cadenza flows purposefully, effortlessly
through rhythmic circles of virile articulation.
Controlled singing pulls taut, then collapses.
Frozen flashback of
child sitting on gymnasium floor
hearing Beethoven’s pastoral horn.
Mighty swell enfolds burnished memories.
Notes painting genius on imagined surfaces.
Sanctified breath, binary effusion.
Viscerally push... retard... exhale... sing…
pray.