PAD Challenge #1: Communication
Al punto, together
Violin and viola, two musicians,
a man and a woman face each other,
al punto, together,
perfectly in tune and time,
fast, then slow, measures of
Bach, then Mozart,
and then Bach again.
The notes in phrases answer each other,
balance and circle round, counterpoint.
Each player nods to the other,
each lifts a bow,
and music fills up the room.
PAD Challenge #2: Visitor
At first you are as nebulous
as a sonagram’s image
traced on a screen by an anonymous technician,
your heartbeat, faint but fast,
a thump, thump, thump
that makes your parents stare at each other in wonder,
unable to forget the very essence of you,
nameless, temporarily floating inside,
filling a certain span of months with hope
and mystery, a future tiny child-to-be,
a visitor who will always be welcome.