Play by Tania Hershman

Commended in the 2018 Waltham Forest Poetry Competition



says the girl in the coat
by the piano, who knows

I only sat down
by accident, haven’t

the skills to do
what she wants

on the black
and the white of it. Put

your hands here,
says the girl with the coat

by the piano, placing hers
over mine on the cool

and the dark of it, whispering
notes in my ear.