This poem is taken from Stand 215, 15(3) October - November 2017.

Tony Roberts Two Poems
From The Silence
Sibelius lived in Järvenpää, Finland until he was over ninety. But he released virtually no music from his forest home for the last thirty years of his life and ‘the Silence from Järvenpää’ became as much of a talking point as the music. Continually pestered about an eighth symphony, the composer battled alcohol addiction, depression and above all self-criticism.

God’s door opens for a moment, and angels are singing him.
The notes form up on paper, like boys on the western front.
Earth and worms and heartache won’t stop the raid, can’t
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