Today I will watch you hold the violin
bow so delicately, and every harsh word
I’ve said will become the shrill
sound of learning
how to place the hair between the
bridge and the fingerboard.
Your face becomes the muscle
memory I will tap out on the
tablecloth when everything else
ALIX KLINGENBERG is a poet, artist, and Unitarian Universalist spiritual director. Her forthcoming collection Bread Sex Trees will be published with Central Avenue Publishing in October of 2023. Alix lives near Boston, MA with her family. She is queer and polyamorous and writes on themes of love & loss, sex & commitment, healing and family dynamics.