Thirty-Eight

Music: The Art of the Fugue: Contrapuntus 19.
By J.S. Bach. Sequenced by Alessandro Simonetto, at Kunst der Fuge.

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Thirty-eight must now make hay from beauty,
Having lost his love for lack of sense.
In fashioning a life that augurs well,
Rejuvenating what he has to sell,
The artist weighs ideals against expense,
Yearning for his bit of labor's booty.

Even as he redefines his duty
Intent on an intention less intense,
Grappling with his heart, he cannot tell
How much was passion, how much room to fail,
There being need no longer for pretense.

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