One Stanza of a Poem Followed by Daydreaming

by J.R. Solonche

I sit at my desk under the window
reading the poems of Su Tung-p’o.
You play Schumann at the piano.
Emily runs up & down the hall.

Behind me I hear through the window
crickets chanting the poems of Su Tung-p’o.
Schumann plays duets at the piano.
Emily runs up & down the hall.

You sit at my desk under the window
humming the poems of Su Tung-p’o
accompanied by Schumann at the piano.
Emily runs up & down the hall.

Schumann flies in the window
on the back of a poem by Su Tung-p’o.
I hear you close the lid of the piano.
A cricket runs up & down the hall.

What is Emily doing at the window?
I tear out the poems of Su Tung-p’o,
wedge them into the strings of the piano.
You run up & down the hall.

You jump out of the window
onto the lawn where Su Tung-p’o
is writing a poem about a piano.
I run up & down the hall.

 

J.R. Solonche has been publishing in magazines and anthologies since the early 70s. He is author of Beautiful Day (Deerbrook Editions), Won’t Be Long (forthcoming from Deerbrook Editions), Heart’s Content (chapbook from Five Oaks Press), and coauthor of Peach Girl: Poems for a Chinese Daughter (Grayson Books).

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