The Harpist by Jonel Abellanosa

The Harpist
Hymn to his prayer, reverence.
His music’s lines constellate,
moon a boat in a black sea.
Virtuoso fingers pluck the sonata,
portal taking shape like egg-shaped
mirror. Yearn deepens, her ghost
slips through. His heart echoes,
peaks like a mountain, clouds
touched. She hears his longing,
appears with her dance
by which he measures grief.
He anticipates her moves,
his fingers breezing through strings,
his love for her an abstract bird.
Her absence will again become the tree.

Jonel Abellanosa lives in Cebu City, The Philippines. His works have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, Dwarf Stars and Best of the Net Awards. His poetry and fiction have appeared in hundreds of magazines and anthologies, including North of Oxford, The Cape Rock, Muddy River Poetry Review, Chiron Review, Invisible City, The Lyric, The McNeese Review, and The Anglican Theological Review. His poetry collections include, “Songs from My Mind’s Tree”

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