Sometimes, the pianos kept my warmth
Long enough for me to come back to it every night.
I’d take the stairs to the highest floor
And choose the practice room with the cherry blossom rug
So that if my body got anywhere,
I could be found among the flowers.
There was a note on the side of the piano’s uprightness
“Please, remember to close the window”.
I would play songs, forgetting the notes.
As a C # melted into the office next-door,
(I hoped someone would hear it), I would open up
The window and perch
Myself upon its sill,
The way I saw the pigeons do.
They loved to be so high up.
I know because they sing about it.
So beautifully, I could never
Not think about it—
It was as scripted as the choir’s chorus.
I wanted to be high up with them,
But only long enough to stare
Into their grain-of-rice-eyes
And plead with them not to catch me. They were too fat,
Waxy and slow,
To save me.
Ivy Aloa Robb is an emerging artist and poet living in northern Minnesota. Her work can be found in Lindenwood Review, VampCat Journal, and is forthcoming in Mineral Lit Mag. When she is not writing you can find her bird watching or brewing tea.