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