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CONCEPTION

 

by Michael Keshigian

 

 

Barefoot in white slacks

and her husband’s sweater,

she plays the piano most seriously,

bungling Mozart with a grimace

then a grin,

the lamplight

flickered unnoticed upon her fingers.

 

The field from where her progeny 

once thrived has withered, 

grown voices and opinions 

have fled the confines of the arena

where music,

like a tranquilized tiger,

swerves again.

 

Her foot presses pedals,

fingernails carelessly flit keys,

and in her womb

a musician is conceived.

The house is no longer empty,

Half-full with sound,

she nourishes herself.

 

 

 

Michael Keshigian’s thirteenth poetry collection, The Garden of Summer, was released this April, 2019 by Flutter Press (available at flutterpress2009.blogspot.com and Amazon). He has been widely published in numerous national and international journals and has appeared as feature writer in over twenty publications with 6 Pushcart Prize and 2 Best of the Net nominations. (michaelkeshigian.com)

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