By | 15 May 2023

When she played the accordion
it seemed the audience might be there
just to see a young girl force herself to breathe
hands apparently squeezing her ribs and letting go
Under the flexible body the musical
geography of bone and within it
a pale drafty idea of stability
She picked up the black book of explanations
of music and breathing they came to understand
She opened to the page that asks for no dancing
no coughing or applause and placing her fingers
against the buttons and unlocking the ribs she began
from afar to skillfully demonstrate the air

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