A month of poems: Day seven

April 1 is the start of National Poetry Month.  Since 1996, this literary celebration honors the significance of poetry in world culture, according to poets.org.  Each school day this month, the King Street Chronicle will publish one poem to recognize this month-long commemoration of poetry.

“Minneapolis Schmitt Music Mural” Courtesy of Parker Higgins


by Lianna Amoruso ’21

News blaring,
music flaring,
me swearing
none of this is real.


She plays, ever in action;
I, content to listen.
We make eye contact
over the shiny onyx of the piano,
creating music.
The tether
that binds us.


Our secret language–
one all siblings develop.
Not to hide,
but to understand.
Not to isolate,
but to be partners.


She touches the keys
and music flows out.
A mere stroke of her strong finger,
and the piano comes alive.


A couch cushion
becomes my drum
when my emotion
overtakes my ability
to listen.


At first,
she was reluctant
to let me join in
as if it stole
her personal meaning.


in this moment, we share.
Although it’s fleeting,
it is ours alone.
A strengthening force;
creating a bond
we’ll have forever.


Featured Image by Lé-Anne Johnson ’21