Poems & Essays

15 Oct

What’s Missing is a Conductor

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There is a person in the world
Who hearing the cries
Of ten children,
Only ten, mind you,
Heard a bassoon and an oboe,
A waisted cello, the viola
That my daughter chose.
There is a person in the world
Who heard music, who made poetry
From what is the worst that can happen.
And I have to breathe the same air
As he does. And you do
And the little girl who was the flute,
Who’s been given a number
Instead of the name her mother chose
For her when she was born, the most beautiful
Name she could imagine,
She breathes that same air and she keens,
Silver like a flute is silver.


It is the longest day of the year.



Daisy Bassen is a practicing psychiatrist and poet. She has been published in Oberon, The Sow’s Ear, AMWA Literary Review, The Opiate, SUSAN|The Journal, Arcturus and Adelaide Literary Review.  Daisy was a semi-finalist in the 2016 Vassar Miller Prize in Poetry. She lives in Rhode Island with her husband and children. 

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