Pastoral (#31)

When Beethoven composed
His sixth symphony,
Nicknamed The Pastoral,
He might never have dreamed that,

Two hundred and eleven
Years later, floating from the electric
Speakers of a horseless carriage,
Half a planet distant, his music

Would play to an audience of
Grunting hogs, squealing with feeling,
As the farmer, knowing the arpeggios
Best from Looney Tunes reruns,

Thought of wise-cracking rabbits,
Foulmouthed ducks, and pantsless pigs,
Notes soaring skyward through a summer
Pasture, levitating with blue butterflies.

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