I let your sheet music sit
atop the Bechstein where you left it,
one corner slightly raised
where it rests on a champagne bottle
made into a vase for a silk orchids.
The cadenza is stained
by a ring of dribbled coffee.
The cup’s mouth is dusty
and I have no heart to raise it
lest I smudge the print of your lip.
Janette Schafer is a playwright, opera singer and poet living in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She is a 2017 Maenad Fellowship awardee in creative writing from Chatham University. Recent and upcoming publications include: Eyedrum Periodically, Nasty Women and Bad Hombres, VerseWrights, Zany Zygote Review, and Chatham University broadsides.