A symphony’s an edifice of sound
Designed to keep its auditors all bound
Within the measures that compose
Its form, captivated, heads to toes.
Beethoven was the master I first met
Before my AM radio could get
More than pop music on the weekly charts
Meant to alleviate love-stricken hearts.
A family friend lent me the symphonies
Of Beethoven, which brought me to my knees
In awed delight at its majestic sweep
Of sound, from lyrical to dark and deep.
From that time on, I opened to a realm
Of sound that can exalt and overwhelm.