Charity

By Melanie Moro-Huber

Poem

What they don’t tell you about Charity
is that they flattened her back and after washing the garments
of all the children in all the world the river ran dry, the wash board broke,
and she seriously contemplated suicide.

(after the painting by Salvador Dali, 1934)

Apparently
Opposites attract
And no one
Not even
An atmospheric skull
(Nor any skull)
Can resist
The feel of keys
The soft insouciance
Of waiting wood
Ivory
And strings
This is
The violence of sound
From end to end
Sweet music made
From hardened bone.