Poetry Corner | The Redundant Executive Senior Lecturer (A 7 year university grant)

Practised fingers pluck each chord,

the melody a fresh wave splattering

sea water on the assembly of the


Quick movements on multiple strings

conjure the wind, a deep rumble,

gusting southerly heart


Head tilts into the eye of the storm,

eyes closed, mouth ajar in

tornados of expertise,


The air swells and bloats, the blood

of the cello seeps over the coarse

lines of travelled hands


Woman carries the hurricanes power,

groomed nails whip notes, precise—

she is a matador before the


Woman, woman, suspended with

radical artifice soars —

the concrete building

weeps on the ocean floor,

The monstrosity is blind.

This article first appeared in Issue 16, 2017.
Posted 2:28pm Sunday 23rd July 2017 by Leah Macpherson.