Beethoven's Autograph
from March 21, 1824 letter
Ira F. Brilliant Center for Beethoven Studies
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library, San Jose

The Letter B: Beautiful Blessings

Before the beginning all was black—
BOOM the Big Bang— burning brilliant
blaze of light— this universe was born
from four elephants standing on the back
of a giant tortoise. That ancient belief
replaced by physics of a bare bubble

starting it all. From blank to blank
bees buzzed beyond the dip of bell—
Moses attentive by the Burning Bush,
Buddha pensive under the Bodhi-Tree,
I am with Brahman and Beethoven—
Bach's an ocean and not a tiny brook.

The boys of summer played baseball
in Brooklyn's backyard while blue jays
ate berries under blue skies by the bay,
butterflies waltzed and rested on a beam,
the best ballet dancer learned balance
on earth before leaping into the breeze.

Genesis begins with the letter B—
Bereshith as in baby and birth.
Beth, boundless bowl of being brings
sunset in a cup and breadths of blue—
the babe drinking at mother's breast
blossoming with beauty and blessings.

                Peter Y. Chou
                Mountain View, 3-9-2011