or roar to make their prowess clear,
or sing a song to fill the sea or air.
strings a gourd with cords of gut
to make of it a living bard;
a tune to meet the human need
for sad or joyous melody;
mines and smelts earth’s heart,
shaping tubes and valves and bells
to take his human voice apart
and send it out, recast, to weave a spell;
forcing them to serve as slaves
to carry electronic sounds?
and borrowed breath that fills his lungs,
he makes a song not all his own.