On a hot summer day, the sound of water is so cooling.

Happy 137th Birthday to Ottorino Respighi, born this day, July 9th, 1879, in Bologna, Italy. Here is Eugene Ormandy conducting the Philadelphia Orchestra playing Respighi’s The Fountains of Rome.

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Childrens_Fountain KC MO Tom Corbin



by Louise Bogan

Up from the bronze, I saw
Water without a flaw
Rush to its rest in air,
Reach to its rest, and fall.

Bronze of the blackest shade,
An element man-made,
Shaping upright the bare
Clear gouts of water in air.

O, as with arm and hammer,
Still it is good to strive
To beat out the image whole,
To echo the shout and stammer
When full-gushed waters, alive,
Strike on the fountain’s bowl
After the air of summer.

  • “Roman Fountain” from Collected Poems, © 1954 by Louise Bogan, Noonday Press
  • Fountain at Villa d’Este, Tivoli, Italy
  • The Children’s Fountain, Kansas City, MO
  • Horses Fountain, Alexander Gardens, Moscow, Russia

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