Jean L. Kreiling
Mozart's Rondo alla Turca
(from Piano Sonata in A major, K. 331)
In Mozart's evocation of the Turks,
a colorfully crayoned cartoon lurks:
stiff-gaited and then gruff, the bass line smirks
at puckish high-pitched melody. It perks
us up with cymbalish and drummish quirks,
it tickles like a tasseled fez, it irks
almost no one. When Mozart winks, it works!
Jean L. Kreiling's poems have appeared in numerous print journals, e-zines, and anthologies. She was the winner of the 2011 Able Muse Write Prize for Poetry, and has been a finalist for the Dogwood Poetry Prize, the Frost Farm Prize, and the Howard Nemerov Sonnet Award.