Lerys Byrnes


Day of the cello lesson

In place of practice
shoulder twang

Cello strings
taut for the bow
the tentative hand

Air motionless
to hold
the depth of tone

Music stand
stubborn intent
with weight of notes

The phone
must cancel
this day’s hope




Lerys Byrnes is a Melbourne-based poet whose work has been published in a range of Australian literary magazines, and in the USA and the UK. She has had long and satisfying experience in Adult Education as teacher and learner.