Preludes, Op. 23

Suffer brandy’s somnolence in darkened chambers

Sergei’s stark keys sound empty

in hallways and upper floors

Notes to goad the complacent from smug defeat

Undercurrents of accusatory clauses

floating room to room

They seek compliant victims

Only deaf mutes escape

with their protest unspoken

and spared the humility of feeble utterance

drowned in the fury