Thirty-Eight

Music: Fugue in Eb Major from the Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2.
By J.S. Bach. Sequenced by Yo Tomita
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Thirty-eight has no fear of the future,
Having learned the secret in the past:
It calculates the chances of success,
Roughly estimating more or less,
Then turns to contemplate the things that last,
Yielding a solution that is surer.

Even though a number might be better
In dithering before the die is cast,
Grace comes not to bargain but to bless,
Hewing to what hopes lie anchored fast,
The resonance within the songs that matter.





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