shot glass
"... brevity is the soul of wit ..."
- William Shakespeare

Rachel Belth


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
in attention,
staring back at him, coiled and waiting
for the next staccato note.