the music teachers

is adagioissimo a word? or is it just molto adagio?
and it works for a finale
as Luis, for his eleventy-first,
finally figured out

for a female finale death is not harsh
fear is not fright
suffering enhances the dignity
of a so adagio ending

terminus eventually, but while we wait
let her hair bleed burn and clot
in the pit

the inquisition were fine folk, fine catholic folk

music teachers
Mayagüez, Puerto Rico, 1982