O, Tolkien, did you think
of middle ear and all that happens
there? The trysts between the malleus,
incus, stapes and the brain, the ring –
You know the one that drives a man
insane, a trilogy of senses intertwined.
What do you know
of the Eustachian tube?
Will you map it for us with your worthy pen?
Perhaps invoke a tuning fork
so we will better understand why in February
when snow is on the ground, we hear a robin sing
and join hearts and hands to welcome Spring.