Online Anthology of Lyrical Audio Poetry in Modern English, recorded by Walter Rufus Eagles ad majorem Dei gloriam

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        "The plovers that dwell on the beach at Shio-no-yama 

          Are calling to affirm an everlasting life."

              -  Ancient Japanese poem

We cannot hear the plover's voice:

That music is too silent.

Of distant kin to the plover, though,
Are those brass birds

Of Bach's B-Minor Mass who

High upon their exaltation

Sing a gloria to God.

And such awakening

Is not, perhaps, so gentle.

And perhaps if we could hear the plover's voice . . .

But we cannot.

            - Walter Rufus Eagles, 1980

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