The Lone Trumpeter

feet firm and apart
shoulders back
eyes closed
lips to metal
and then –
 
The note.
 
golden chocolate and
weeping swans
slide through the bell
 
a second note
glides from the first
fades into the third
 
and a fourth
a fifth
a sixth
 
they tumble from the walls
jumble in exquisite patterns
tussle in a game of music
 
they roll down the aisles
crawl into the seats
slumber in the curtains
swirl on the stage
 
Around her feet.
 
she sings through the instrument
the brass cools and melts
her fingers
 
and empty chairs weep,
nod at her story
the stairs groan in sympathy
 
does she know the power she holds?
kings would kiss her shoes
to listen to
 
one
whispered
note
 
but she plays not for royalty
her audience is the chipping ceiling paint
the crumpled ticket stubs
 
her loneliness rains from the trumpet
pours into the orchestra pit
the hall floods with her song
will no one listen?
 
She opens her eyes.
 
no one is there
 
but for a face at her feet
and two crossed knees
 
A friend.
 
2nd place winner in Prescott Public Library’s 2013 Youth Poetry Contest

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