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Where the Music Comes From

By Pat Galvin

Where the Music Comes From

Where the Music Comes From Details:

Published: April 2010
ISBN:       978-0-9558746-7-3

Cover Design: Sean Scully

Sample piece from Where the Music Comes From

My Zen Father

The only books you ever read
were car manuals; how things worked,
the mechanics of it. You knew
what to do to make the engine sing.
Cylinder, sump and shock
were words that ran off your lips
like oil dripping on my front driveway.

Then years later well into your seventies,
you spoke of the energy around
your own body; how it flowed
in and around us like oil through
an engine in invisible lines
that were called meridians.

You said that when you lay in bed
at night and almost joined your hands
across your chest, you could experience
the energy jumping from the tips
of the fingers on one hand, over
to the tips of the fingers on the other.

Just like jump leads you smiled and I think that confirmed
what I always thought.
That contented aura about you.
The way you prayed but really
enjoyed life as if you always knew
where the music comes from.

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