“Pianist” by Sharon Scholl

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Martha Dunfee

I read the black, the white keys

like Braille, crawling finger over finger
through mysterious caves of sound, dragging
a dirt ball of sharps and flats. My hands
wear keyboards for gloves, tendons pulling
down octaves like writing on space.
Tones glide through muscles, up arms,
across shoulders into the old reptilian
brain, resonating back through time.
Back to the first womb-hand gesture
thumbing a ride on a contraction.
Was I born to the drudgery of scales?
The exercises of etudes? If it’s a learned
excursion between brain and body, what do I
pay for the life of a wanderer?
I’m fused – ears to fingers in a game
of sound played by nerve endings. Feel
the synapses snap shut, open, music dancing
through blood red, swift on its false feet.



Sharon Scholl is a retired professor of humanities and world cultures from Atlantic Beach, Fl. She convenes A Gathering of Poets critique group and serves on several arts boards. Her chapbook, Summer’s Child, is from Finishing Line Press (2016). Individual poems are current in Marathon Literary Review.