Another Tanglewood Tale

August 1, 2007

Poetry of the Times

One sultry summer night when the white pines

stood still and the orchestra played in shirtsleeves,

the cymbals crashed to end the symphony's

third movement, and a woman collapsed

on the lawn. When she opened her eyes

in the first aid tent a cardiologist

asked about her heart, an internist wondered

if she might be diabetic, and a neurologist

ventured she must have vertigo. But she waved

away their questions until a psychiatrist asked,

"Why do you think you collapsed?"

And she raised her blue eyes, measured each

physician like a maestro leading a children's orchestra:

"Doctors! Such fools! It was the Ludwig van Beethoven!"