Between her notes.

by Poet on the Piano   Nov 4, 2018

Anxiously, I sit against the
wall of a 90-year-old theatre
waiting for intermission
to finish, so I can hear a
French woman not much
older than I play
Rachmaninov's second concerto.
A woman in high waist pants
and a bedazzled blouse enters,
sitting delicately in front of a
Steinway and Sons, blonde hair
cascading from her shoulders.
She calculates each measure,
legs at an angle, hands of virtuosity.
I see her head tilt back as everyone
around me holds their breath.
I can taste the tension -
interpretations of darkness and

She opens her legs further,
leaning forward on the bench;
the orchestra crescendos
with each note she demands.
Her hands pound the keys
as she moves her hips
with the force of a storm -
I gasp softly
and bite my ruby lips,
mesmerized by
the force of her sound.

Applause shakes the seats.
Music still makes love in my ear,
intimately whispering to
other parts of my body.

I stand up, placing a hand
over my pearls,
as she coyly smiles at the crowd
then exits stage left.

I leave feeling flustered
while gentleman wave me
ahead and I parade down
West Jefferson in a trance,
waiting til I am home
before I relive her
tender passion.


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  • 2 years ago

    by CJ Maleney

    Isn't it odd how a live performance can affect us so. I've only been to a handful of live performances but I left every single one of them buzzing.

    I found this to beware rather splendid poem befitting of the experience.



    • 2 years ago

      by Poet on the Piano

      Thank you Ben, Rania and Craig! For the size of our city, we actually have an awesome orchestra. I work part-time at their box office so usually I can slip into performances and I'm lucky to see some breathtaking performances.

      I agree about feeling "buzzed". It can be totally different listening through a recording or watching a video versus experiencing it live and feeling that emotion music provokes firsthand.

  • 2 years ago

    by Rania Moallem

    So much sensation. The description and the wording was so tense and accurate. I could see and hear everything at the back of my mind. Such a lovely and beautiful poem. You are such a skilled narrator.

    I love it.

  • 2 years ago

    by Ben Pickard

    A beautiful and delicately sensual piece of writing, MA. Wonderfully done.

    Do take care

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