another soul’s art

she sips silent music

another’s soul alive in

nocturnal notes

a hand runs aimlessly along keys

grasps for a little more:

a new pang of pain, an answer

more tears

to wash old ones away

she sips silent

music walks



on her neck


each strand

till her spine awakens

a learning licks her

skin stretched thin

a yearning yields

from plucked strings sighing

under savant’s fingers making them

ache for love

she sips silent music

without talking words

she hears her soul’s silence stride


the blue oblivion and black light

a hand hankers rattles

pushes pain up

jostles joy up

worlds worm ripple through her flesh

raised in goosebumps

sometimes we close mouths

sometimes we speak

now her tongue thick long

swollen with words


from between teeth

she sips silent music

a cobalt quaver cascades

from acoustic strings


leathered hands lift her from

ebony ivory keys

a smiling solemn sound

found shining life

an other’s soul alive in

nocturnal notes

she sips silent music

silent music

she sips silent music

unpublished poem, © Toni Stuart 2017, used by permission of the author.

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