While defending the US Capitol on 2021-01-06, police officer Mike Fanone was dragged down its steps, beaten, zapped with a taser, and nearly killed. Apologists for mob rule (provided the mob is white) were soon rebranding the rioters as tourists who were merely rowdy. Now Fanone is defending the truth at great personal cost.
As the year pivots from winter to spring, crocus plants bloom and little frogs croak. We celebrate with a photo and a tanka. Yes, the tanka’s title and first line contain oxymorons. They are like the phrase “song without words” in the titles of several musical compositions.
Tho it has the structure of a baroque oratorio, it is early romantic in style. Tho sung in German, the vocal lines have the beauty and intensity of sacred music in Latin. Have U heard it?