Infection: My Sister Plays
Rochelle Hurt

a piano in the ballroom. The spaces between keys  
               are full of red crust and the orange-stained ivory 

is jamming, cracking up. The song is stuck, a tongue in a throat,  
               a bird on a leash, a boomerang. She plays faster, but the keys 

are fracturing like glass. Limp with splinters, her fingertips can barely tap them.
               Determined, she turns over her hand, knuckles down, and drags a bony song out. 

But the piano now is just a rusty boat full of broken teeth. The song is nothing
               but a sack full of feathers tied to a string.