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“Speech, Song – and Lilt”

 

Nature Series #34

Photograph by Dr. John Diamond

Imagine a plane taxiing to take off
– that’s speech, prose.

And then lifted up into the air
– that’s song, music.

Now go back to the moment when it’s just about to lift, between earth and air.

This I call lilting. And it is the special speech of mothers to babies, of lovers to one another. Rhythmic, flowing, pulsatile. That’s poetry.

Prose – poetry – sung.

Song is poetry lifted from lilt.

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