Opus for Job Creation

by Lise Day

(Manfred, Opus 58 which has the loudest
Climax Tchaikovsky ever wrote)

Seventy musicians required to portray
Manfred lost in the Alps:
two harpists to warble a quick melody
a triangle tinger and cymbal basher
a fit timpanist to run down the corridor
and chime three distant bells
a flurry of bow sweepers and pluckers
a blast of trumpeters and other blowers
all the wide legged cellists
oh – and the famous organist who understands
the growling temple of pipes.

So the birds trapped high
in the city hall
beat at the clerestory windows
the outside cleaners
stop their wiping and scraping
transfixed by the onslaught of sound.