All ten fingers are fluent but this morning she employs the right index finger only. Slowly, she plunks the piano with the minor-key deliberation of a black horse hauling a casket-bearing caisson.
Thirty-five years of marriage and never was there such a dirge from her direction.
He can only watch and listen, now, as she constructs, key by ivory key, a room of her own.
Mike Dillon lives in Indianola, Washington, a small town on Puget Sound northwest of Seattle. He is the author of four books of poetry and three books of haiku. Several of his haiku were included in Haiku in English: The First Hundred Years, from W. W. Norton (2013).