French Horn (2003)

French Horn (2003) – Alyse Knorr


I had found God watching

Jackie Nelson dance to “Da Dip”


at prom. I had cut a two-inch hole

through the center of Macbeth. Not


a good year, except for the horn.

My teacher really did send me to the closet


to learn it. I really did reach my hand

inside the shimmering bell, though


no one ever told me what to do with it.

I was given a uniform, same as every other


uniform; I learned to never touch

the brass without gloves. I followed


orders. Beneath the shako rim my eyes

looked like every other eye.