March 29th, 2013

cat and books

Friday word: Glockenspiel

glock·en·spiel

noun \ˈglä-kən-ˌspēl, -ˌshpēl\

: a percussion instrument consisting of a series of graduated metal bars tuned to the chromatic scale and played with two hammers


Etymology:
German, from Glocke bell + Spiel play

First Known Use: circa 1834

Example (italics mine):
Bounty
by Robyn Sarah

Make much of something small.
The pouring-out of tea,
a drying flower's shadow on the wall
from last week's sad bouquet.
A fact: it isn't summer any more.

Say that December sun
is pitiless, but crystalline
and strikes like a bell.
Say it plays colours like a glockenspiel.
It shows the dust as well,


the elemental sediment
your broom has missed,
and lights each grain of sugar spilled
upon the tabletop, beside
pistachio shells, peel of a clementine.

Slippers and morning papers on the floor,
and wafts of iron heat from rumbling radiators,
can this be all? No, look — here comes the cat,
with one ear inside out.
Make much of something small.