“Piano,” New Era, Aug. 1983, 27


    Softly, skillfully

    she plays a song

    Smoothing angry words and

    tight tensions

    till worries and upsets

    are pedaled into muddy oblivion.

    Gracefully caressing a sonata

    lingering pianissimo

    a soothing melody of golden air

    cool rain splashes fresh

    wind-filled notes of silver

    Until she has me dancing

    once more.

    Softly, she plays,

    a silk serenade

    a lullaby of soft satin

    And I am calmed,

    as stilled as a smooth blue sheet of glass-

    blown sea.

    Photo by Julie Thornley

    Photo by Jose Ortega

    Photo by Aaron Vinck