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Touring Music

by Kevin T. McEneaney
Mon May 15th, 2017

At Notre Dame one can sit in wooden pew

to hear an organist play Vidor or Saint-Saens;

you can tour the Vatican to see ceiling murals

painted by the marvelous Michelangelo,

or stroll the halls of the Hermitage in Saint Petersburg.


You might inspect the monolith at Newgrange,

walk around Crater Lake in Oregon,

or lean out over the Grand Canyon,

yet the greatest spectacle I’ve seen

is the sacred cave in Cephalonia


where great blue-white, organ-like stalactites

visually shimmer from sun and underground lake,

playing an imaginary music that thrilled me

to the core of my being, as it did to Homer

nearly three thousand years ago.