Turn him towards the hands fluttering
like a flock of stolen song birds.
Let him see the scores of house lit faces.
His hymn is a haunting
in the iris of each eye.
Ist est nicht schön?
Ist est nicht schön?*
Is it not beautiful? Unfortunately, I cannot seem to get the umlaut keyboard trick to work.
Beethoven began to lose his hearing when he was 26. By the age of 46, he was almost completely deaf. Still, he continued to compose. In 1811, after the premiere of his brilliant Ninth Symphony, he had to be turned toward the audience so that he could see the applause. Unable to hear, he wept.
For Hannah's prompt at Real Toads.