Posts Tagged ‘music’




all day the upright

grand piano dreams of hands

that play sonatas

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One Invitation



not just to play

the song, but to be the song—

the leaping melody,

the sullen chords,

the infinite silence inside

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In my heart, a mandolin

just waiting to be played—

there are music sheets,

ignore them. Doesn’t matter

if you know how to play.

What matters is you try.

What matters is you practice

tuning the strings

until you find the way

to make them sing.

What matters is that

we both know there’s

music in there just waiting

to be found and

your hands are curious,


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It is like the musical figurine

on the bedside stand

that, for no reason,

begins to play, first

one tinkly note, then another.

The room has been quiet,

and now, the small ceramic girl

with her pink sun hat

and her kneeling sheep moves

ever so slightly and the invisible metal

tines plink out notes

to an unfamiliar song.

And then they stop. And then

start again. There is no

visible hand turning

the crank to initiate

the music. And isn’t that

just how it happens sometimes,

how you feel as if

you, too, do not feel nor see

the hand that turns you,

but out of nothing

a music arrives in you

and though it is

a mystery, you nod

and say thank you, thank you.

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and suddenly I’m singing

in the cereal aisle,

unable to turn the music up

and dancing anyway—

the words spin me

like old friends,

My older self looks back

at me and says,

that’s right,

move it sister

while you still hear

the music, while you still

can dance.

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with thanks to Kyra



Minor and slow,

the Russian death song

on the cello

fills the room

with loss and beauty,

the two rubbing

together like notes

side by side on the scale

played at the same time.

I lay on the floor

beneath the great instrument

and feel the waves of it

as if they originate inside me—

play it again, I beg

the cellist, and then,

when it’s done, I beg her

again, play it again,

And she does. And she does,

the warm notes filling

any chill they find.




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He sings in the corner,

the invisible cricket,

and each time I look for him,

he stops—


I don’t wish

to frighten the cricket,

I only want

to watch.


What is it in us

that wants to know details,

wants to analyze

how it is done?


And what is it in us

that says, close your eyes

and let the song

go on.

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scraps of rusted metal,

tumbled mine buildings,

splinters of fallen trees—


running clear and cold, the creek

makes music of everything





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Over and Over and Over




all day a song

insists on itself

like a lover who tugs and flirts

at the hem of a dress—

I let it have its way

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In the Midst of the Wreckage

Make in my heart a concert hall

where a single violin

plays on the vacant stage

reminding me in a minor key,

that one true song

touches every broken,

twisted, rotted thing

invites us to lean deeper into,

no, to fall completely

into the beauty

we stopped believing in.

Let me not just hear the song,

let me tear down the heart’s walls

so everyone can hear.

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