The Concert: Part III

Part III: The Symphony

Have you ever been onstage
while an orchestra was
rehearsing?

Let me tell you about it, then:
it’s the most magical thing
ever.

You’re sitting there, right in the middle
of it all. Right where the magic
is happening.

The conductor raises his hands.
He might give a small smile, or just a wink;
he’ll look at the concertmaster, then –

then he’ll wave his arms, and it all starts.
The first note is crucial – it has to be
perfect. And it usually is.

The music starts, and never stops.
It’ll keep spinning, spinning –
pulling you in then pushing you away –
taunting, teasing –
but never letting go, always keeping you
within its grasp.
Drowning you
even as you close your eyes and smile
and welcome the
suffocation.