The trick is to close your eyes 
(just a little) so that the patterns 
seem invisible, to un-train your ears 
and to forget the tunes 
you’ve heard before,
so that when the song reaches
its crescendo, you will have no questions;
the end will fit into the surprising inevitable,
the themes exposed in their pianissimo, 
handshakes that can double as goodbyes.

By Heidi Turner