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October 15, 2021


Standing in my living room
Is a mahogany Knabe upright
Upon it's massive weight
Display 88 ivory keys
Born yellow over 80+ years of time
Three foot pedals sulking for lack of stimuli
Wherefrom beautiful music once emanated
Mother and sis were talented pianists
I make with it a cacophony of sounds
And wipe off settled dust
With Pledge furniture polish
Years ago i pledged allegiance to sports
Over learning to play piano
I made a mistake

I am reading this sitting on the couch next to a rarely played piano and the silent notes are deafening

Thank you Lera Auerbach for all of your gifted poems
From them i gleam and abstract creative ideas
Lifting words which become personal attempts
To poeticize as a developing poetaster

The one thing that almost everyone regrets in adulthood: "I wish I had not stopped the music lessons." It is a small grief not to have music in one's life. Its mystery and beauty carry us through. It creates an intimate space where we feel more truly ourselves.

I agree with these previous, lovely comments. Thank you, Lera Auerbach, for the inspiration.

Thank you for the poem -- and for the enlightening and appreciative comments from Joel W. and Emily F.

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I left it
on when I
left the house
for the pleasure
of coming back
ten hours later
to the greatness
of Teddy Wilson
"After You've Gone"
on the piano
in the corner
of the bedroom
as I enter
in the dark

from New and Selected Poems by David Lehman

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