the first annual international stephen hough appreciation week: day 4!

as one might suspect, we here at the classical beaver home office are celebrating day #4 of the first annual international stephen hough appreciation week.  we are just about to slip on our “wwshd?” bracelets, and with a solemn flick of my bic, light the pink candle which honors the man as poet.  yep, mr. hough is not only one of the most highly regarded pianists on earth, he’s an award-winning poet.  here is the winning writing to prove it:

Early Rose by Stephen Hough, compliments of firstwriter.com
The world is
Asleep – sleeping
In those leapless
Limbless hours
When powers fail, save
The billion slopes which
Rise and rose and fall
In a billion breaths on their
Beds of repose.

To the garden, awake,
Tiptoe, quick, go
Slick-stairs down the
Steps to the pre-dew
Night morn before the
Dawn’s birth is born.
Follow to the foliage where,
Hidden as the future’s
Fall or rise, the rose –
Petals closed – will bud-burst
A billion atoms of beauty.

Let us bend down, our faces
Towards the flower which
Wakes and trembles
In that pause of hour.
Let us say the words which
Shake or stumble
In day’s poor prose, pour
Verse into the stamen’s
Quivering cup.

So when the day dries
Dreams, wakes dew, and
Sunplay in dazzling green
Or hue, the perfume from
That secret rose will
Breathe our poem to every
Nose: sigh language of love;
Encrypted script of ecstasy.

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