Only One Rachmaninoff

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Only One Rachmaninoff

He’ll never be Rachmaninoff
the piano-loving child 
overheard
his parent utter

and though the child had
never heard of Rachmaninoff
a message was received—
music lessons met their end, and

the piano-loving child
lost his opportunity
to show the world
who he could be

by Lori Lipsky
photo credit:istockphoto/Marc Fischer

Heart Monitor

Heart Monitor

She used to sing all the time
every day, almost every hour

but I noticed I haven’t heard
her sing for quite a while.

She used to hum and whistle
sit at the piano, make it ring

but I noticed I haven't heard
her sing for quite a while.

I don’t see tears and she seems fine, but
she used to sing all the time,

and I noticed I haven't heard
her sing for quite a while.

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by Lori Lipsky