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First Line: A man saw the whole world as a grinning skull and cross-bones
Last Line: Singing fire and a climb of roses everlastingly over the world he looked on.
Subject(s): Elman, Mischa (1891-1967)


A MAN saw the whole world as a grinning skull and cross-bones. The rose flesh of life shriveled
from all faces. Nothing counts. Everything is a fake. Dust to dust and ashes to ashes and
then an old darkness and a useless silence. So he saw it all. Then he went to a Mischa Elman
concert. Two hours waves of sound beat on his eardrums. Music washed something or other
inside him. Music broke down and rebuilt something or other in his head and heart. He joined
in five encores for the young Russian Jew with the fiddle. When he got outside his heels hit
the sidewalk in a new way. He was the same man in the same world as before. Only there was a
singing fire and a climb of roses everlastingly over the world he looked on.




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