A Green Lowland of Pianos

by Samuel Barber From Three Songs (1972) Op. 45

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A Green Lowland of Pianos
English source: Czesław Miłosz

in the evening
as far as the eye can see
of black pianos

up to their knees
in the mire
they listen to the frogs

they gurgle in water
with chords of rapture

they are entranced
by froggish, moonish spontaneity

after the vacation
they cause scandals
in a concert hall
during the artistic milking
suddenly they lie down
like cows

looking with indifference
at the white flowers
of the audience

at the gesticulating
of the ushers

_Text - original Polish -_
_Jerzy Harsymowicz (1933-1999),_
_trans. Czesław Miłosz (1911-2004)_

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