Beat Trachsler (Hylarius)

*1940, citizen of Basel

(reading: Beat Trachsler)

Curtain up!

Roll-a-bang – and ‚curtains up’!
Shrovetide claims its glory-day.
Hark, they tabor blow for blow.
Each a ‘drum-dog’ in his way.

Roll-a-bang – and ‚curtains up’!
Shrovetide’s joy wafts through the hall.
Hark! They brightly pipe on up.
That is music… All about.

Roll-a-bang – and ‚curtains up’!
Ragtags, spinsters, clowns, buffoons.
See their colours blow by blow.
Who of you could spare a tune.