The Glass Piano
When he grows up, he says,
he wants a glass piano
to watch the felt hammers nod
and the nervous strings blur,
the full weight of their heads
when he strokes the skeleton keys.
He wants to watch the hammers race
to strike the Rachmaninoff chords,
jerk back to their place
staring back at him, coiled and waiting
for the next staccato note.
Rachel Belth is a technical communicator, creative nonfiction writer, and poet with a particular affinity for Hebrew words and Dostoevsky. She originates from Fort Wayne, Indiana but currently designs corporate training materials in Columbus, Ohio. Her work is published or forthcoming in Prick of the Spindle, *82 Review, Prompt Literary Magazine, The Commonline Journal, and The Jewish Literary Journal.