Wields her bow like an epee
lunges, pulls back, one step.
Is she barefoot?
Clear and deep each note is a straight edge.
All emotion contained in her body,
you can’t close your eyes to ward off the sight.
She is enraptured and thus
we are controlled, mesmerized, drawn
into her manipulations, into and of the music.
What the composer had in his head is now in the air
received tasted swallowed filled made alive.
Is there anything in my life that I do as well
as Hilary Hahn plays the violin?