Observations on the 9th

Observations on the 9th

by Marc Mangel

Observations on the Ninth


For being born of syphillis Beethoven made the most

of life, even if he never got past


yet nine is three threes

and three are the father and sun and ghost

or the sexual parts


perhaps beethoven saw his mind

but maybe not

yet he always realized the joy

of peace of mind

and the peace of mind of music


and though he died deaf

in heaven Beethoven hears

what is only thought

and is thus a whisp of air

truly the deaf can hear what

most can



So Beethoven rest as his music can not

for man is not music nor music


yet all this without reaching



August 1972

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