Muti’s Left Hand

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.


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