THE MUSIC BOX
Stranded on the embankment of a river
was an abandoned music box.
For decades the tune went unheard
until an innocent girl discovered
the mysterious amusement.
The child’s spidery fingers
lifted the lid and let
the notes spring free.
As the last chord escaped,
the girl tossed the contraption
into the river so that her ears
were the last to hear the tinkling.
By Katherine Givens