Monday, August 1, 2022


Down goes the soft pedal 
on your baby-
grand piano, 

smearing those 
artless and hurried 

in the background, 
outside the practice 
room window, 

floats the revenant 
of the failure 
that haunts you the most

who bids a good
morning to your 
ritualized devotion 

and prays (on your behalf) 
that death 
and transfiguration 

may be differentiated 
by only two 
or three notes.