the 14th poem

The hardest part is turning the music off
It’s getting the lyrics to stop dancing between your ears
All you hear are those melodies 
Whether or not anyone else can tune in
You don’t know
But you do know the hardest part is turning the music off
It’s that moment of silence before anyone says anything
Or a car drives by
Or your cat jumps into a wall because your phone reflected sunlight
What kind of person would dive into sunlight?
And yes
You give your cat more human characteristics than you care to admit
But the hardest part is turning the music off
It’s making the piano keys in your mouth stop singing
Stop ringing 
Stop bringing the beat
It’s that moment you feel when you can’t stop moving your feet
When they swing side to side
When your thighs start shaking
When hands find the wind 
And the music within dances with your movements
You move into the music
And then someone asks you to turn it down
Someone tells you to “hit next”
That’s when you really know the hardest part is turning the music off

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