For Anne-Elisa
By Annete O'Neil

if you listen very closely, you
can here
the agony of a piano, played.
each key giving a tiny gasp
at the striking,
pouring out tones and partials
a little gush of blood
the strings shivering,
stilled by the steady smash of
a felt clapper
beauty in the collected sound
of its wounds-
the sweet, sudden violence of
flesh on ivory.


Thank you for the contribution, Annete!


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