Diligent, you show up
for your life,
hooking one ampersand
to the next,
foot soldier of a foregone
your own horn, beating your
You are not above playing
to spark enthusiasm, applauding
your amateur best, and
inviting others to follow suit.
on the conductor, you await your small
just a few bars with no repeats;
how you blow.
Devon Balwit writes in Portland, OR. She has five chapbooks out or forthcoming: How the Blessed Travel (Maverick Duck Press); Forms Most Marvelous (dancing girl press); In Front of the Elements (Grey Borders Books), Where You Were Going Never Was (Grey Borders Books); and The Bow Must Bear the Brunt (Red Flag Poetry). Her individual poems can be found in The Cincinnati Review, The Stillwater Review, Red Earth Review, The Inflectionist; Glass: A Journal of Poetry; Noble Gas Quarterly; Muse A/Journal, and more.