- Found Music
Rhythm is the seed, the littlebody we planted in fear of
the dark that rose to adornand outlive us. It crawled
into our beds, flinging offthe furs, then the linens, first
as desire but later as contour,displacement, the fineness
of small faces we sawour best selves in.
So the chords were laid,note on note, like so many
bricks mortared out and up,sometimes augmented, more
often diminished. Lives collideand they recede. The harmonies
elude us, but we grope for themanyway. We hum along, unsure,
as each next movementclimbs over, muddies up, half [End Page 692]
destroys the last. So whatof melody, you ask, what voice
holds up and down these scales,over blue note, your leitmotif,
the hook that sticks, the dance—a wand?—what raised hand— [End Page 693]
t.j. mcLemore lives in Fort Worth, TX, where he teaches at Texas Christian University. He is the winner of the 2016 Richard Peterson Poetry Prize, and his poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in Prairie Schooner, Crazyhorse, Crab Orchard Review, Greensboro Review, and others.