Lyrical Ekphrasis on the Introduction to the 1st Movement of Beethoven’s 7th

The Left Hand of the Dying Gaul, Sovrintendenza Capitolina — Musei Capitolini, Rome, Italy (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

I always meant to follow you – take you
Up on your outstretched hand to go dancing –
Or in the clear light of the heavens go
Frolicking – accept your invitation
To go up – higher – godlike – to be so
High – Come – Come with me! running up the stairs –

I somehow always meant to meet you there
In verse match your measures, in words your notes
A young poet trying just to keep up
With his muse as they climbed Mt. Parnassus –