for Riccardo Muti and the Chicago Symphony
His right hand gives the downbeat
with the stick. The opening chords
rise into the chandelier netted
with lights and microphones.
Like a bird escaping its cage,
his left hand flutters out from his lapel,
then grasps his heart to keep it
from bursting. He lets it go . . .
–excerpt from “Muti’s Left Hand” in A Light Dusting of Breath by Donna Pucciani (virtual artists collective/purple flag, 2015). First published in Bloodroot and Briar Cliff Review.