I wish you would
not slow down before the recapitulation
but perhaps even accelerate
into the composer’s repetition compulsion

I thought the piece was
an interlude
but it turns out to be a rondo

With elements of a passacaglia
La Follia endlessly improvised on


This poem was published in issue 196 of the Arlington Literary Journal, April 1, 2024.

Andy Oram
March 23, 2024

More poems