The Ripple

This piece was composed at the request of a Japanese correspondent, who asked if I would write some music to his poetry.  Following is the English version of the poem, which I assisted in translating.

The Ripple

Something drops in the surface of the water;
the falling sound is a sound extending to silence.
Beautiful concentric circles ripple outward.

My thoughts, reflecting,
Does it extend unmeasured?
Does it diffuse helplessly?

Anyway, if I notice,
there is a surface of water
(indistsinct from the former)
in front of me.

-- Taihei Nebuka

The original poem is as follows:





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I am like a deaf man, who cannot hear,
like a mute, who cannot open his mouth;
I have become like a man who does not hear,
whose mouth can offer no reply.
I wait for You, O Lord,
You will answer, O Lord my God.
For I said, "Do not let them gloat
or exalt themselves over me when my foot slips.
— Psalm 38:13-16