The piano is afraid of the cello.
It does not know why but it is.
The drums exist in their own world.
The horns, close by, waiver in loyalty,
longing for the violins and violas,
but knowing the brass section is exiled
to a land of greater noise.
The conductor sees all,
but ignores as much as possible
such discord in practice and concert.
It is her job to make all rise above
the petty squabbles,
insecurities, rivalries, foolishness
of so many instruments
assembled for a purpose,
greater than their own,
and lead them, as best she can,
in finding a harmony
greater than the sound
of so many individuals
so near to each other’s throats.