Still Preparing

(Written in 2012)

Lights dim
Audience calms

The pianist steps onto the stage
with vibrant confidence

She gracefully softens the applause
As she takes her seat

Her hands brush across her lap
Smoothing out the wrinkles in her gown

She takes a deep breath
and closes her eyes

Releasing her fingers to the ivories
She summons all to her harmonic sanctuary

The moment melts into the melody
She becomes one with the keyboard

From the balcony
I listen

Wondering how she found
nirvana so young

My own life
a continuous crescendo of rehearsals

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Peggy Kjelgaard has served as a global consultant in the field of Knowledge Management in the private sector, a teacher educator in the university setting, and as a regular elementary and special education teacher.

In 2004, Peggy retired and moved to Eureka Springs to focus on writing. She published her first novel, Birthmark of Evil, in 2013. She served as Executive Director for the Eureka Springs School of the Arts in 2006. She's served on various governing boards, including the Eureka Springs Arts Council, Equity Bank Advisory Board, local school boards, and the Writer’s Colony.

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