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The Effort of Five

January 14, 2012

In the dead of silence,
in the raging nothingness
of everyday
I lose my link with life.
I close my eyes to see it
and find five people come together
to make a song.
They are five faceless figures –
the ghosts of everyone.
They move close together and mentally they form and play.
Their thoughts shoot through their music,
batter against one another.
Each of their melodies – a force of its own
melds with another, first conflicting
then finally creating harmony.
A rhythm cracks beneath.
They find life breathing between the notes,
an artery running through the song
and they massage the force of waves from it
in mellow and jagged symphonies.
A thread of creation stirs and becomes
5 minutes of music.
5 minutes of life condensed.
I open my eyes, expecting something
but the musicians are gone.
Their song is less than an echo of a memory.
This life so small that it takes the effort of 5
to scrape it into sight and all I remember is
that music is life and life is in music.
But when that moment disappears
I cannot feel it.
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AJG

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