Lisa Hess Hesselgrave Difficult child

Lisa Hess Hesselgrave 'Difficult child'

Still Life in Blue
(After "Difficult Child" by Lisa Hess Hesselgrave)

Jane Ellen Glasser

Nothing is happening in the world of her room.
The ivories lie still as teeth in a jar. Yesterday
she played a lively toccata, her hands dancing
the keys. Today she sits, hands in lap like a child
waiting to be told when to lift the fork and eat.

The table is bare, her shadow staining its white cloth.
Is she waiting for something, a ring, a knock, to break
the spell that keeps her frozen in the hard-back chair?
Perhaps she has disappeared into prayer, her thoughts
impervious to time as an hourglass drained of sand.

Maybe this is what death would feel like
-
a featureless globe atop a mute piano,
a strapless gown for shroud, and you, forever
going nowhere in the coffin of a blue room.

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Lisa Hess Hesselgrave '17th Street Bed' Lisa Hess Hesselgrave 'Happy As Can Be'
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Lisa Hess Hesselgrave 'High Street Bed' Lisa Hess Hesselgrave 'Massacre of the Innocents'
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Lisa Hess Hesselgrave 'Rocking Horse' Lisa Hess Hesselgrave 'Vacuum'