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Music Ministry


Sometimes it only takes an hour of work

to turn immortal. On Sunday evening

she clicked her musty, beer-battered case closed

and Monday morning drove to Joliet.


She took her seat and propped up the carved wood,

crowded by scrawny chairs with brawny arms.

As the body groaned in strife, notes echoed

the sentiments scrawled on the neat cell walls.


Next day word breached her, a fact of friction —

one in attendance concussed another

“because of the Mozart.” He had anchored

a foot and planted an orbital rose.


The root of all: vibrations in the rare,

and each figure dimensioned by their ground.

Early Green Notebook Version
Second Draft
Third Draft
Final Draft Edits
The Hand That Plays
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