Foolish

was there ever a moment
they were not with her

Louis Billie Patsy Ella

she floated in her father’s
arms and safety was the
                                                sad
refrain of  River Moon
and yet

it was only music

was there ever a moment
silent without song

John George Paul
and ok yes even Ringo

she sang 
                 before
she could speak 
and yet

it was only music

there were others the
wordless others

Mozart Beethoven Scriabin Gershwin

who teased and frightened and 
                                                        thrilled
her hands as they
flew the eighty-eight
and yet

it was only music

six smooth strings
sliced fingers raw

Joni Neil Hank Kris

blood on steel
heart in voice
soul in perfect
                            harmony
and yet

it was only music

then
twenty years of
                              silence
noteless songless scoreless 
                                                      silence
that squelched the spirit
that crushed the core
and yet

it was only music

and yet
it was only music  

only music
                     only
music                                  

© s rogers 3  may 2009

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