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As the wax melts,

the pipes breathe out

Bach’s presence –

sonata number 6:

vivace-lente and allegro.

An orchestra of autumn leaves

is mastered strictly

under one’s fingertips

over an awkward member

of the keyboard family –

a queen of symphony –

a giant heart, an organ

beating at the ‘Onze-Lieve-Vrouw-ter-Duinenkerk’,

the church inspired by the ‘cockle’,

a shellfish to which the town

of Koksijde owes its name.

The steel roof, under which the wax melts,

has the shape of two waves

that crash into each other,

observing from the up

fast-slow-alive

Johann Sebastian Bach,

the great Himself

in person.