What to Play

I warm up on a C major scale.

The piano bench under my thighs

jumps like a ouija board at a seance,

ghosts yearning to escape,

squabbling among themselves

like overtired siblings: “Pick me, pick me.”

–excerpt from “What to Play” in Jumping Off the Train by Donna Pucciani(Blue Forge Press 2007).  First published in International Poetry Review.

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