“Duet: A Story in Haibun” by Charles Jensen from Speaking Out: LGBTQ Youth Stand Up (Bold Strokes Books, 2011).

This piece is beautifully written. It’s not a story so much as a glimpse into the romance between two high school boys, members of their school’s marching band. It’s lyrical and breathtaking. There are no wrong notes. It makes me want to read more of the author’s work very soon.

Lancaster and Abbott—even their names are lyrical—know they are in love though they’ve never talked about it. They haven’t had to; some things don’t need words. They were classmates, and then friends, and then more than friends, even before the night Lancaster kissed Abbott in the shadows in the backyard, beneath a moonless sky.

The prose is divided into stanza-like sections and there are lines of actual poetry set between each extremely poetic passage. All the details you need to understand their lives are contained within just a few pages, and their song reverberates long after their story is told.