26 birthday candles – for Peter Q. Elsea

A man made a music program
that responds to visual cues.

Then he lit candles
for 26 dead children,
and let the flickering conduct an orchestra
that will crush your heart.

An artist’s tools
cloak function in beauty,
they trace down the living form
in the density of stone,
and give it a heartbeat.

Peeling back layers,
reassembling parts into a whole,
nudging code into lines,
breathing in air and letting out sound.

Add the flicker
And you have the heart.

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