My Musical Obsession

May 7, 2008
By Simmone Bray, San Jose, CA

He tapped his fingers
upon my pulsating heart
as though it were piano keys

(the beating-


just a metronome

to help him stay in time).
When he struck each note
upon my (internal) organ
he was hoping to inject his obsession
into my blood,
change the rhythm of my heart,
and transform the instrument into a music box.
Eventually,
it invaded me like a cancerous disease.
The symptoms meant
that our hearts could beat in harmony
but now
I also cough in quavers.


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