William F Dougherty

Freshman - 542 Points (West Hartford, CT)

Ms. Jean At The Pianoforte - Poem by William F Dougherty

Ms. Jean installs herself upon the stool,
stiff as a silhouette, so as not to spill
her brimming glass of secret self and send
the girls in pleated skirts to fathom sound
in unexpected ways, perhaps to guess,
as Jean absorbs Rachmaninoff, the gist
of orchestrated ardor— tingling chords
her fingers transmute into rousing codes.

Music in blood seduces her tense night,
thumbs a glissando that loosens her knot,
prelude to furtive, sleep-swollen frisson
that peaks when sound and sense in fusion
crash and diminish a tumescent dream:
on Ms. Jean's shining lips wink flecks of foam.

Topic(s) of this poem: music, sonnet

Form: Sonnet

Comments about Ms. Jean At The Pianoforte by William F Dougherty

  • (4/17/2012 4:47:00 PM)

    Original use of Italian or Petrarchan sonnet form, with octave set-up and sestet for conclusion. Pararhymes/slant rhymes indicate satiric tone. (Report) Reply

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  • William F Dougherty (4/16/2012 1:48:00 PM)

    Rachmaninoff (passionately romantic) because fingering emotion carries erotic undertheme. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, April 8, 2012

Poem Edited: Sunday, June 19, 2016

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