I WILL MAKE MUSIC
by Quentin Crisp
I will make endless musicsyncopated,
shrill, sad musicout of English speech.
Your ears, to calumny habituated,
more euphonic phrasing might not reach.
I will make endless music till the lonely
limits of our torment have been told
that all may hear and some not only
hearken but be heartened and consoled.
I will make endless music. Say not
that the worlds ears are waxed or numb,
because I will not, dare not, may not,
see you suffer, and be dumb.
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