Messiaen: Quartet for the End of Time
Stalag VIII-A, Görlitz (now Zgorzelec, Poland)
January 15, 1941
i.m. Geoffrey Hill
Wind soughs; rain soaks the ill-constructed camp
Whose wooden stamp
Is rigid with the staves and barbs of wire
On which his semi-quavers dance.
It is the end of time. The fall of France.
But notes enhance
Men captured for the audience. Why are
Heads shaking, unbelieving, in the cold and damp?
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