by Madeleine Gallo
Come to me when my song stops
and life can no longer play my heartstrings,
when my voice won’t chime anymore
and my footfalls don’t hit the Earth like drum beats.
Save me when this great orchestra
finally breaks down
and my bones rise with the echoes
of the music inside my mind
and my brain loses its conductor.
Lead me after I bury this instrument
and teach me how to tune my soul.
Only then will we unite
and play together
in the world’s greatest symphony.
Madeleine Gallo was born in Radford, Virginia, and is a senior at Virginia Tech. She plans to attend graduate school and pursue studies in English. She has published work in Rattle, Sand and Sunstone, Susquehanna Review, Pylon and Fermata.
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