Monday, 17 December 2012

IN THE MUSIC MUSEUM

Season's greetings to all my readers.  My annual Christmas poem this year is set in Prague's Music Museum (which I visited a few weeks ago). 


IN THE MUSIC MUSEUM

After the kit and the quinton
and the viola d'amore
is a pear-shaped lute,
a strange lop-sided lute
with two sets of strings

      the angelica

'For the angels to play' you tell me.
The room falls silent
and fills with winter's sunlight,
pale gold, as we imagine
the touch of an angel's fingers.

© Mary Robinson 2012

kit - a miniature fiddle favoured by 18th c. dancing masters
quinton - 18th c. five stringed instrument, part viol, part violin

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