He tunes his piano
She ties her pointés.
He sits on his stool
She takes center-stage.
He plays the opening note
The spotlight flashes on her.
He can only hear the crowd's loud cheers
She can only see eyes upon her regal body.
He glues his eyes to his sheets
She fixes her mind upon her movements.
His fingers move mechanically along the keys
Her limbs sway to the tune of precise timing.
He has played this score hundreds of times
She has rehearsed her steps to faultless perfection.
He lets his memory guide his fingers
She lets her limbs free to do their own work.
He steals a glance at her
She opens her ears to lilting melody.
Those sheets of music cease to exist;
He's busy composing his heart's birdsong.
She is no longer a puppet in the audience's hands
Her soul leaps joyfully towards new-found release.
She is his music
and he's her dance.