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for MHKI

broadcast overnight
to walls and ceiling
her heartbeat accelerates
and slows
with tension
of quickening contractions

mid-morning she slides
into waiting air
without so much
as a gasp
practices her breath
with guru ease
before letting loose
her shrill sparrow song

by nightfall she conducts us
raises a quivering hand
in reflex
brings up her orchestra
with day-old vibrato

June 2-3, 2010

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