Issue No. 8, Spring 2014

If I Were the Cherry Wood Piano
Kathleen Kirk

If I were the cherry wood piano
I’d sit neglected

in heat and humidity, silent
most of the time.

I wouldn’t be able to disguise
the jangling if someone touched me

but I’d shiver and awaken, under
dust, unshaken,

just to spill a broken melody.


Kathleen Kirk is the author of five poetry chapbooks, most recently Nocturnes (Hyacinth Girl Press, 2012) and Interior Sculpture (Dancing Girl Press, 2013). Her work appears in many print and online journals, including Arsenic Lobster, Eclectica, Fickle Muses, Menacing Hedge, and Waccamaw. She is the poetry editor for Escape Into Life.