Elegy to Musica Universalis

By Christian Mack

“Hoarfrost” by Théodore Rousseau, 1845

The sky’s gone quiet—
the angels are dead.
Elysian fields 
a mass grave, ethereal.
No longer do I hear
heaven’s chiming.
Glittering choir,
Fill this silent night,
for no bare
beating heart
can fill the silence—
a murmur in the expanse—
My god, My god
Such silence…