Dedication: For Laurie Lawler with love And in loving memory of Leigh Archie and Karola Pearce
Epigraph: Hope is the thing with feathers That perches in the soul - And sings the tune without the words And never stops - at all. (Emily Dickinson)
Author's note: Percussion:n. LME. The action of coming forcibly into contact with an objectso as to give a shock; an instance of this, a blow, a knock. The striking of an explosive pwer so as to produce a spark and explode the charge in a firearm. The action of percussing a part of the body. The New Shorter Oxford English Dictionary.
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