Jan G. Otterstrom F.

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MODULATION

Shift swiftly, modulate pitch
explore spaces between keys
transitioning flats to sharps
new tones pass intervening
as lightning gesticulates
strikes its electrostatic charge
superheats air into plasma
gaseous molecules increase
in pressure outward, until
they explode in a shock wave
audible thunder responds
extremes, open the air, attract
burst heavy wet condensation
Brahms and Beethoven heard it
as did Bartok and Schönberg
energy composed, contained
cohesive dynamics, elements
both melodic and structural
uniting then intensified, distortion
superimposition, tonal rhythms
until dissolution, followed by
polarization, transformation
repeating, themes to reverberate.




© Jan G. Otterstrom F. May 26, 2015