by Charles L. Cingolani
One icy winter evening an eight-year-old
walked across our High School stage
to a Steinway concert grand
where she sat with dangling feet
playing an Allemande
by Johann Sebastian Bach
with such perfection
that every one of us
lept to our feet and clapped,
almost before she had finished.
She came to the edge and curtsied,
we applauded and kept on
till she returned, nine times,
sobbing at first, faltering next,
brushing away tears
trembling, then falling.
They carried her from the stage,
her parents' hands
she knew were waiting in the wings.
Our clapping, already muffled, slowed
with awareness dawning
then suddenly ceased altogether
when inside us light flashed
through darkness and
as if a radiant angel
had appeared to avenge her
by making us conscious of
the suffering we had caused her.
Last edited by CharlesLouis; 12-04-2010 at 15:11.
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