For Mrs. Von Till
Her studio: elegant and austere as a Steinway;
walls deep burgundy, mahogany cornice.
Above the fireplace: one blue iris.
A student stumbles through
Chopin’s Waltz in C# Minor.
“The piano” she tells her student
“is just a thing of wood and wire.
You are the instrument.
The student begins.
She places her hand
beneath her student’s right elbow
and gently lifts her arm.
from weight of forearm,
wrist, bone and finger, bird-like,
rising, music fills the room.