Thank you for these tiny particles of ocean salt, pearl-necklace viruses, winged protozoans: for the infinite, intricate shapes of submicroscopic living things. For algae spores and fungus spores, bonded by vital mutual genetic cooperation, spreading their inseparable lives from equator to pole. My hand, my arm, make sweeping circles. Dust climbs the ladder of light. For this infernal, endless chore, for these eternal seeds of rain: Thank you. For dust.
Professor Hesser, Music Lessons
Jupiter Hesser, Piano and Violin, ca. 1852 A painted shingle on the door. Within, the larger of his ecstasy-machines grins in its sleep, cradling the violin. On the table: papers, his goose quill pen. The slattern still abed. An open book next to his side. The heirloom cuckoo clock counts sieben. In the garden, long awake, Jupiter stops weeding, and rests his back. Da di di DUM! The tune which only he can hear organizes the surf between his ears in a sensible torrent. Notes cohere like little dancing round black dots and spheres. Kohlrabi, gooseberries, red cabbage, leeks … The Chermany he left behind can lick his hinter. Better to live among blacks than to sell your soul to Schweinhund Catholics. But he cannot understand the bigoted: Some blacks are musicalisch talented. Great music may grow in a woolly head. If only they’d learn how to make black bread! A citizen now, self-named Jupiter Zeuss Thor Hesser, he calls all gods to serve his muse. Who knows what symphonies we may produce, which student take from us somethink of use?
German immigrant Jupiter Zeuss Thor Hesser, a gardener and composer, owned seven lots, which he called “Jupiterville,” in Seneca Village. He composed and published several popular songs.