The difference of touch: in D minor KV 466 and Variations on a theme of Paganini

Written by: T Wignesan

     the robin hops from the tips of the rose bush

                                                                              spilling snow dust

sprinkling skeins of early dew

                                                                      dusting with its uppity tail fan

                                                               a caterpillar

                                                      softly dousing concertina


                 then it trips up the clothesline

                                                      stops and grips it in its claws

sways and balances with its tail fanning out


          chirps clucks tweets

                                     and repeats itself

all the way down again

                                     and up the scale                 


   comes back once more to skip a note or two


                  and tumbles

      sweeps past the old toy bicycle leaning against the wire fence



the claw marks hardly visible on the spray of frost-like snow on the balustrade


  light  ephemeral  peripatetic


  the dulcet flexions rising and falling on the tympana without breath of motion


                                             or vibration


crisp  colliding notes  rising and falling


as the first tentative drops of drizzle before the rain


                  the robin gone to sing full throttle on wing     



© T. Wignesan, Paris, 1997; from the collection: “Poems Omega-Plus”, Paris, 2005.